New Stamps 1: Circle of Spring

Aloha, all!

     When I was packing away all my retired Stampin' Up! stamp sets last week, I realized that there were several of them that (gasp!) I.HAD.NEVER.USED! It's very likely that, as some of them were older, I had managed to obtain them through other than purchases. We get free stamp sets at Convention and there are promotions throughout the year some of which involve getting a free stamp set.

     Nonetheless, I find it absurd that, with all the crafting that I do, there were stamp sets that sat unused in my craft room.  So beginning with stamp sets from the newest Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog, I am NOT using any other stamp sets until I have used all my new stamp sets at least once. The good news is that I only bought 9 new stamp sets. Yes, that may seem like a lot.  But I needed to fill some theme voids in my stamp collection. Oh, and there were a couple of new sets that I just couldn't pass up regardless of what I "needed."


     I pulled out today's stamp set because I loved the latest Create with Connie and Mary weekly challenge, and I thought the wreath would be fun for one of the challenge's layer elements. The stamp set is Circle of Spring and it goes with a framelits set we've had in the Stampin' Up! collection since last fall's 2014 Holiday Catalog – Wonderful Wreath.  The images that I cut out with the framelits are the wreath itself (it takes two to tango with this image!), the bow, and the small flower under the sentiment.

     I stamped the wreath and the small single flower using Mossy Meadow Classic Ink, and I colored both in using the Stampin' Write Markers in two of our newest colors, Watermelon Wonder and Mint Macaron.  I added a little bit of Daffodil Delight, but ended covering much of it up with the Daffodil Delight Candy Dots from the Brights Candy Dots Collection. 

     For the background, I cut two rectangles as called for in the challenge sketch, one using Watermelon Wonder Cardstock and one using Mint Macaron. I adhered them to the top Whisper White Cardstock layer and then texturized them using the brand new Brick Wall Embossing Folder. I had determined that the "Thank You" sentiment would just about fit inside one of the "bricks," so I waited until after I'd run the card front through the Sizzix Big Shot before stamping it.  I love how easy it is to get Photopolymer stamps right where I want them!

     After I adhered the wreath, using Stampin' Dimensionals, I added a bow to serve as the final element required in the sketch.  I stamped the bow using Watermelon Wonder Ink onto Watermelon Wonder Cardstock, then cut it using the ribbon die from the framelits set. After adding the small single flower to the bottom right of the card using Glue Dots, I added several of the Daffodil Delight Candy Dots. 

     The last – and maybe best? – thing that you should know about this card is that the card base is not just Whisper White Cardstock.  It is the brand new HEAVIER (100 lb wt) Whisper White Thick Cardstock, that's much better for card bases than the plain, lighter, Whisper White.

     It's a fun sketch challenge over at Create with Connie and Mary, and it goes on for a week. You might want to try it out for yourself!

Products in this project. Link to my personal Stampin' Up! Store to order any of these!

Circle of Spring Photopolymer Stamp Set (138964)
Wonderful Wreath Framelits (135851
Brick Wall Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (138288)
Cardstock: Whisper White (100730); Whisper White THICK Cardstock (140272); Watermelon Wonder (138334); Mint Macaron (138337)
Stampin' Write Markers: Both Watermelon Wonder and Mint Macaron are in the 2015-2017 In Color Marker set (138333); Daffodil Delight is in the Brights Collection (131259)
Classic Stampin' Pads: Mossy Meadow (133645); Watermelon Wonder (138323)
Brights Candy Dots 130931)




Posted on : Jun 11 2015
Posted under Challenges, Create with Connie and Mary, Sizzix, Stampin' Up! Tools, Stamping |

Taking a Break to Welcome Fall!

Aloha, all!

     Long before we realized that we might be affected by the lava from Kilauea Volcano, we had planned a trip to the U. S. Mainland.  We were going to be visiting lots of family and friends in several different locations around the country.  I'd decided that a nice hostess gift for those we visited would be a set of Fall Greeting Cards. 

     Even at that time, though, I was in a bit of a slump as we'd just gone through a hurricane that was quite an ordeal.  My creativity was nowhere to be found!  I searched my brain for ideas and – nothing!  So then I decided to search the internet (as good as a brain these days?).  What I found was a series of sketches on the Create With Connie and Mary blog that fit what I was going to try to do perfectly!  And then along came today's SUO Challenge to make a project with Fall colors.  Wow – things did come together nicely for this blog post!

Robins Craft Room Fall Card Number 4

     For the strips of paper across the bottom of the card, I used four different designs from the Color Me Autumn Designer Series Paper set from Stampin' Up!'s 2014 Holiday Catalog.  The "hello Fall" stamp is from the For All Things Stamp Set from the same catalog – even on the same page!

     All four of the leaves in the "bouquet" over on the right were made using both the Fall Fest Photopolymer Stamp Set and the Fun Fall Framelits Dies, which I purchased as a Bundle – and saved 15%!!!  I stamped the leaves using Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry and Old Olive Stampin' Up! Ink. I adhered them to the card front with Mini Glue Dots, then used the glue dots to affix a small bow made of Old Olive 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon.

     I matted the Very Vanilla Cardstock layer with a layer of Crushed Curry Cardstock and then adhered the whole thing to a Very Vanilla Card Base.  With all the work I'd planned to make seven sets of four different cards, I was quite happy to have the Very Vanilla Cut and Ready Card Bases to use so I didn't have to cut and score all those card bases!

    If you'd like to see all four of the cards that I made, including detailed cutting instructions, I'll be sharing all of that in my next newsletter.  I'm hoping that the lava flow will stay as slow as it has been for the past few days so I can take a break from packing and storing important papers and memorabilia and publish my newsletter in the next day or so.  To sign up for my newsletter – which is FREE, of course! – just complete the form in the upper left corner of this blog.

     Again, a big thanks to Connie Babbert and Mary Brown of the Create With Connie and Mary blog for the inspiration I needed to get some crafting done!


     Here are some products I used in making this card:



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Posted on : Sep 22 2014
Posted under Challenges, Create with Connie and Mary, Sizzix, Stamping, SUO Challenges |

Some Inspiration from a Challenge!

Aloha, all!

     You know by now that I really enjoy just about everything that happens on the Create With Connie and Mary Blog.  From their tutorial editions to their weekly challenges to their own personal designs on their own blogs, they are always such an inspiration to me!

     So when I was having a bit of creative block laset weekend, of course I had to go check out their challenge for this past week and what a fun sketch challenge it was.  I saw immediately the idea I wanted to try to work with, and went right at it. 


CCMSketch     The idea was basically to make a white card with Whisper White Cardstock embossed with three different Textured Impression Embossing Folders and arranged in the shape suggested by the Create with Connie and Mary sketch.  It was a little bit challenging with the different edges the embossing folders created.  I ended up taping them together on the back with removable transparent tape to trim and cut the shapes the way I wanted them.  Then I removed the tape (it is removable, after all!) and laid out the three pieces and adhered them to their Real Red Cardstock background.

     I chose the image from the For The Birds Stamp Set because I'd just been thinking about it for another project.  No it was not on my work table!  I've been pretty good about keeping it straightened out and putting things away between projects.  Not perfect, but good.

     I also had the thought to color the wagon using the Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities Markers. I'd tried them out on another project and liked how well the light marker coordinates with Real Red.  Everything else is colored with the standard Stampin' Write Markers – Marina Mist, Hello Honey, Garden Green, Tangerine Tango, Perfect Plum, Lost Lagoon and Blusing Bride.  I think that covers all of them!

     I used the new 2" Circle Punch to cut the stamped image and the 2-3/8" Scallop Circle Punch to make the mat for the stamped image.

     The embossing folders that I used, from top to bottom are the new Lovely Lace Embossing Folder, the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder (introduced in this year's Sale-A-Bration promotion), and finally the Fancy Fan Embossing Folder.  I also used the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder on the main layer of the card front.  I thought that tied the card together nicely!

     I adhered the stamped element to the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals and stamped the sentiment from the Sassy Salutations Stamp Set onto the front layer of the card before I embossed it. 

     Nope, no ribbon or other embellishmetns on this card.  With all that texture, it hardly needs it, don't you think?!

     A big thanks to Create with Connie and Mary – and I hope you'll hop on over there to see the fun ideas of their design team and maybe even enter a project yourself!



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Posted on : Jul 30 2014
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Get Well Wishes for my Sister!

Aloha, all!

     As I write this, I just about an hour ago received word that my younger sister had fallen and fractured a hip.  She has a hard enough time of things without having this happen to her.  She's nearly 6,000 miles away, so there's no way I can even jump on a plane and be there tonight to be with her.  It's easily a 2-day trip for me (at my age I do not try to fly 6 time zones in one fell swoop!) and I'm not even sure that I could be of much help to her.  The best thing is that one of my brothers lives just a couple of hours from her and it's been such a blessing to have had him to help her out when she's needed it.

     Of course the one thing that I, as a greeting card maker, could do is make a get well card for her and get it off into the mail so she'll get it quickly.  Let me tell you, I was drawing such a blank that I didn't even know where to start.  In a case like this, I go for a challenge.  Thank heavens for this week's Create with Connie and Mary challenge.  I went over there to see what they had, and I had my design in no time at all. 

Get Well Andrea

     I had already been planning to work with some flowers and the new Stampin' Up! Blendabilities this past weekend.  This set of flowers from the Blooming with Hope Hostess Stamp Set doesn't really show the blendabilities off to their full beauty.  But I used them still, and like the extra bit of shading they provide.  I used the Daffodil Delight and Old Olive set for this card – sets you'll be able to buy beginning tomorrow, July 1, 2014!

     To create a shape as called for in the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge, I used one of the Deco Labels Framelits.  That size already was big enough to fill the center of the card, so I didn't want to use another larger framelit to mat the flower image.  I just cut the same framelit shape using Daffodil Delight Cardstock and snipped into the notched corners to cut an "X" out of the shape.  Then I placed all four sides of the mat cardstock so that they peeked out just a teensie bit from the stamped layer. 

     For the background layer, I used a sheet from the Confetti Celebration Designer Series Paper Set, which I matted with a slightly larger piece of Old Olive Cardstock.  I adhered that to the standard A2 sized card base, folded at the left, and then added the background notched strip using some Old Olive Paper from the Brights Collection Designer Series Paper Stack.

     Before adhering the stamped layer/mat to the card using Stampin' Dimensionals, I tied a piece of Daffodil Delight 1/4" Cotton Ribbon around the bottom of itFinally, I stamped "Get Well Wishes" from the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set with Old Olive Classic Ink, punched it with a Word Window Punch, and tucked it under the bow.

     As you read this, the card should have reached its intended recipient and, hopefully, my sister should be doing just fine – well as fine as someone recovering from a broken hip can be!




Posted on : Jun 30 2014
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Back in Control – and Project Life!

Aloha, all!

     I am finally back in control of my Craft Room and I'm finally back crafting!  OK, that didn't take long – but it certainly felt like forever!  I won't go into the gory details.  Just let it be said that, while I confidently touted myself as a non-hoarder, my pulling stuff out of boxes and off shelves in my craft room proved me to be, well, less than truthful.  I had no idea!  Have you heard the phrase, "This would go so well with…."  That is SOOOO deceptive, especially when you put that little something in a drawer or on a shelf and then hide it behind the next "This would go so well with…" object. 

     Five big black bags of trash and four boxes of stuff to be mailed to friends later I have wrenched myself out of the mountains of stuff I've been saving, "Just in case."

     This all started when I got my new Project Life by Stampin' Up! products delivered last week.  I could hardly wait to rip that box open to see what I had.  Then I went to put the fun new products away and I had no place to put them.  I knew that this was going to be something that I was going to be working with and sharing frequently from now on.  And not to have a place for all the goodies was NOT acceptable.

     But now I have a place to put them and I have made my very first Project Life by Stampin' Up! "page."


     If you're a traditional scrapbooker, you may wonder what all the fuss is about.  But I am here to tell you that this, my VERY FIRST PROJECT LIFE BY STAMPIN' UP! PAGE took me 30 minutes to make.  And I took that long because I still wasn't sure how to get my pictures to print in the 3" x 4" style of the Project Life program.  I'm still not quite there, but I will be by tomorrow.  And tomorrow I'll have a couple more pages to share from this particular trip that my husband I took to celebrate our wedding anniversary.

     The Project Life by Stampin' Up! template that I used I could only find in the Stampin' Up! store.  All of the Project Life templates have letters designating the design. So far I do not know the letter designation for this template.  But I LIKE IT!  It was perfect for this layout.  There are two 4" wide x 6" high places for photos (or whatever you wish) to be inserted at the top. There is one such place on the bottom.  Between the top two 4" x 6" places at the top there are two 4" x 3" places for inserts. There are two of the same size on the left and right of the 4" x 6" insert on the bottom. 

     You may wonder how I even got started with this layout.  Wonder no more, because this is how I did it.

     As you may imagine – and as you probably do yourself – we had far more photos than we would want to place on one page.  So I picked the photos that I liked.  Then I printed them in draft mode on plain paper as large "thumbnails."  Then I pulled out the template I thought I'd  use and laid the large thumbnails out on it.


     All but one of the photos seemed to work well with the layout.  The one in the middle at the bottom would have been a landscape 6" x 4" sized photo.  But that spot needed a photo with a portrait orientation.  So I cut the photo in half and determined that it would be a portrait 4" x 6" print.  Um, that's called, "cropping."  Basic Scrapbook stuff!!

     Once I had the layout done, I went to my computer to print out the photos.  Depending on what software you're using, this is easy or not so easy.  I'm currently using Photoshop Elements 11.  I added a "new" project the size that I wanted my photos and then dragged my photos onto the "new" shape and resized until I got everthikng where I wanted it.

      Then I needed to fill in the "extra" spaces.  As I'd decided to use the High Tide Designer Series Paper Set for all my pages from this event, I picked a design that went well with all the photos I was using.  I cut the High Tide paper pattern into 3" x 4" pieces, and punched the corners with the new Project Life Corner Punch.  I then stamped some dates and images from two new Project Life Stamp Sets – Point and Click and Day to Day.  I also used the Geometrical Stamp Set for the "I Love You" stamp onto the High Tide paper.  As I still had not figured out how to get my pictures to be 3" x 4", I placed some of the High Tide Designer Series Paper behind those photos. They wil also be behind the photos from the next pages – the photos my husband took of tropical fish in the water!

     The final touch for this, my first Project Life page, was the journaling.  I was going to hand-write my thoughts from the day.  But then I thought, "why not just print it on cardsock?"  And so I did.  I have a fairly new HP printer, and it does beautifully with colored cardstock!  Calypso Coral was my choice, and I just printed away and finished the page!

     What a fun project this was!  The only thing that took a long time was getting my craft room table up and running so I could do the project!  I'll have more done by tomorrow and will share them with you.  I'm so excited to have gotten this far!

     Here are the products I used today.  The Project Life producs are new AND available!  So exicted as I've been reading about Project Life for several years and didn't get into it because it wasn't Stampin' Up!  Now it is and I'm into in BIG TIME!







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Etcetera, Etcetera, Etcetera!

Aloha, all!

     Are many of you of an age when you remember the play/movie, "The King and I"?  "Etcetera, etcetera, etcetera" was one of my favorite lines from that movie!  But that's not what I'm covering today.  No, I'm featuring one of the retiring sets of Designer Series Papers called Etcetera!


     Once again, this is a set of papers that I have not used a lot.  For one thing, there are several sheets that simply don't make much sense to me for use in making greeting cards or many of the 3-D projects that I make.  On the other hand, there are some gorgeous papers that work beautifully in vintage-style projects.  While this is not a vintage-style card, you certainly can see how this could be one.  Once I get the rest of this week's focus cards done, I might go back and work on CASEing some of this week's cards to make them vintage.  Oooh, a challenge!

     This is a really easy card to make:  Make a standard portrait card base folded at the left.  Cut two pieces of Designer Series Paper 4" wide by 2-5/8" high.  Use a piece of plain old ordinary transparent tape to tape the two pieces together on the back.  Wrap an 18" piece of ribbon around it (I used Midnight Muse Stitched Satin Ribbon), tie a bow in the front, and apply it to your card base using a good adhesive, such as Stampin' Up! SNAIL.

     For the frame on which I stamped the sentiment – from the Stamp Set, Sassy Salutations, using Midnight Muse Class Ink – I hand-cut one of the frames printed on one of the other pieces of paper in the Etcetera Designer Series Paper set.  That was fun – and I like the way it turned out!

     Besides the papers in this project, There are three other Stampin' Up! products that are going to retire:  The Midnight Muse Stitched Satin Ribbon and Midnight Muse Classic Ink.  The bad news is that Midnight Muse Cardstock has already sold out.  The good news is a big "Hooray" for Stampin' Up!'s keeping the Sassy Salutations Stamp Set.  It's a favorite!

     Here are all the products in today's card project.  Retired or not, there is FREE SHIPPING ALL WEEK ON EVERYTHING STAMPIN' UP!  Be sure to take advantage of this if there's anything at all on your wish list!







Posted on : Apr 23 2014
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Warm Wishes!

Aloha, all!

     I LOVE snowmen stamps (and snow women stamps, too!).  Today's snow person seems to be of the snowman variety, and I think he's just cute as can be!


     Stampin' Up! has had several stamp sets that have allowed us to create and decorate our very own snowmen so that each one is different – as are real-life snowmen.  It's a good thing that I have these stamps to use because I don't get much opportunity to build the real thing in the Hawaii rainforest!  I do occasionally see snow on the top of the mountains here on Hawaii's Big Island.  But that's as close as I get!

     This year's snowman builder stamp set is called Snow Day, with its big stamp including all three big snowballs that have been piled up to make this cute guy.  I've seen him stamped in many colors on both light and dark paper, and he always looks different – and fun!  For my card today, I used the colors that are in this week's Create with Connie and Mary Winter Collection Color Challenge – Pool Party, Coastal Cabana and Smoky Slate.  I really wanted to see what the snowman looked like stamped on the Pool Party, thinking that I might change to one of the other colors of cardstock if I didn't like it.  But once I stamped AND embossed the image, I was hooked on the Pool Party.

     To make the image show up nicely on the Pool Party cardstock, I first stamped it using Whisper White Craft Ink.  Then I embossed it using a mixture of White and Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder.  The Iridescent Ice makes the snow sparkle a bit just like real snow does on a sunny day!  For his face, arms and buttons, I used Jet Black StazOn Ink and stamped directly onto the embossing image. (I'm still debating about whether to include a "carrot" nose – I really do like the colors the way they are!).

     There is a stamp that looks like a scart in the stamp set.  But I thought I'd try a little piece of the Smoky Slate 3/4" Chevron Ribbon.  By little I mean that I snipped a narrow strip along the length of the ribbon.  Then I tied a knot to make it look like a scarf, and stamped the hat image using Smoky Slate Classic Ink on some Whisper White Cardstock.

     To create the sense of the snowman standing out on a hill, I cut the Pool Party cardstock in a wavy shape from the left and right edges of the Pool Party up to the edges of the stamped image.  I then traced the lines onto some Coastal Cabana Card Stock and cut that before placing it up against the cut edge of the Pool Party layer, with some of the Coastal Cabana hiding behind the stamped image.  Then I used a Blender Pen with some Whisper White Craft Ink to draw along the cut lines and embossed that with the White/Iridescent Ice blend.

     For the layers I found that the little strip of Whisper White Cardstock around the stamped image really set the Pool Party/Coastal Cabana layer off from the Smoky Slate Layer.  And of course I really liked the idea of stamping the Snowflake from the stamp set all along the edges of the Smoky Slate cardstock layer.  I embossed those snowflakes with the White/Iridescent Ice blend, too!

     For the last little bit of stamping, I stamped a few snowflakes on the Pool Party layer.  But rather than making them as bright as the rest of the card I simply stamped them with the Whisper White Craft Ink and embossed them with Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder.  They still show up, but are as muted as a falling snowflake usually is!

     These three layers are all mounted on a base of Coastal Cabana Cardstock, cut into a 4-1/4" x 11" piece that's folded to make a 4-1/4" wide by 5-1/2" high card, folded at the top.

     I had so much fun with this challenge (and, yes, it was a color challenge!  Maybe I'm getting more used to them?).  You are invited to participate in this challenge, too!  It's not just limited to those who have purchased the subscription to the Create with Connie and Mary Winter Collection.  But now that I've seen all the projects in the collection, I can tell you that you should definitely think about purchasing it!  You'll have lots and lots of ideas to take you right through all the holidays from now until the end of the year!  You'll definitely have fun with it!

Posted on : Nov 15 2013
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A Challenge with my Favorite Christmas Colors!

Aloha, all!

     This week with the Create with Connie and Mary Winter Collection the challenge is (finally!) a color challenge.  I LOOOOOVE color challenges!  (Have I mentioned this before?  I'm sure I have!)

     To top off the fact that there was a color challenge, it comes just as November begins and I really start thinking about Christmas cards.  And my favorite colors (as of this week) are the challenge colors, Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive.  Of course in a challenge, Connie and Mary feel they have to add in a third color (OK, I understand that's a typical challenge; but I could do something just with Cherry and Olive!).  The third color is Crumb Cake (formerly – like a long time ago in the Stampin' Up! world –  "Kraft").


     But Crumb Cake does make a really nice accent for these two favorite colors, so I gave it its time in the sun!

     My favorite part of this card was breaking out the banner shape from the Sizzix Hearts a Flutter Framelits set.  And the best part about this was that I was able to find a stamp in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog as well as in one of Stampin' Up!'s newest stamp sets, the Christmas Tagables Photopolymer Stamp Set, that both used the banner framelit!  The Holiday Catalog set is a Hostess Set, Perfectly You, and that's the one that's on both the left and right "hanging" from the piece of Old Olive 1/8" Satin Ribbon.  The stamp from the Christmas Tagables set is in the midde. 

     To provide a bit of extra color in the banners, I stamped all of them in both Old Olive and Cherry Cobbler, and then cut out some of the text in each stamped image to adhere to the others.  The shapes have such nice clean edges that it didn't seem necessary to use markers to color them before stamping.  I did, though, use my Stampin' Write Markers to color in the ornaments on the Perfectly You stamps.  And, yes, I did use Crumb Cake as one of the colors in the ornaments!

     As you might imagine, I fretted a bit over what I might include as the horizontal element under the banner.  But once I realized that there was a enough color and shape "interest" in the banner, I decided just to add two horizontal score lines and some more of the Old Olive 1/8" Ribbon to complement the ribbon in the banner.  I tied all three bows individually from short strips of ribbon and adhered them in place with Mini Glue Dots.

     There's one feature of this card with which I have finally felt comfortable – and that's making the bows (as those in the two upper corners) sit above and to the left and right of the card's edges.  The reason for this is that I now can make envelopes – using the Stampin' Up! Envelope Punch Board – that are just slightly wider and taller than a standard card that would usually fit in an A2 envelope!  So I'm not going to have to bend and squeeze those bows that have sneaked up and out of the main card shape to get them into an envelope! 

     So many fun and new products in today's card!  And I have one more Christmas card done.  Woo-hoo!  I may actually (finally!) be on a roll, Christmas-wise!  I hope you're getting there, too.  One way to get there more quickly, of course, is to subscribe to the Create with Connie and Mary Winter Collection!  Fabulous ideas there, and I'll be using some of them in my own cards this year for sure! 

     But no matter what you're doing to make your Christmas – or other holiday – cards, I certainly do hope you're having fun with ti!

Posted on : Nov 01 2013
Posted under Challenges, Create with Connie and Mary, Sizzix, Stampin' Up! Tools, Stamping |

The Gift Bow Die is So Much FUN!!

Aloha, all!

     Finally last night I had a chance to get back into my craft room and actually make a card!  Oh, I've been in my craft room since I've been home from my 3+ week trip. But that was mostly to unpack a couple of boxes of Stampin' Up! goodies that I ordered while I was away.  Stampin' Up! has been having short little sales that come and go like the wind, and I wasn't going to let a little thing like a trip 6,000 miles away from home stop me from snatching up those goodies! 

Sketch     But I digress.  The big news of the day is that this is the end of the first week of the Create with Connie and Mary 2013 Winter Collection!  Of course that means that there's a Saturday challenge.  Even though I'm just a Guest Designer for this edition, I still get to participate as part of the Winter Edition Design Team for the challenges!  This week the challenge is a sketch challenge (and you know Sketch Challenges are one of my FAVORITE kinds of challenges!)

     When I first saw this sketch, I wondered how I could make anything that was much better than the sketch itself – it's a great card (well, it does need some stamping!).  Given that entering the sketch into the challenge was not an option, I had to think of something!


     And this was what I finally came up with!  I had to look at it in quite a few directions before I decided that I liked the card enough actually to submit it to the challenge.  And, yes, I frequently make cards that, while they're "finished," they just don't look right when photographed and put online.  I think this one looks better in a photo than it does in person.  Go figure!

     The top and bottom elements of this sketch are both made using the Sizzix Gift Bow Die from the Stampin' Up! 2013 Holiday Catalog.  I used both sizes of bows (which you've seen me do before) to form the top element of the card.  I used both sides of one sheet of paper in the Season of Style Designer Series Paper set, one side  for the larger bow and the other for the smaller.  I glued both of these together and then wrapped a single rectangle of one color around both bows (the rectangle is part of the die).

     Then I cut four pieces of the notched "ribbon" ends and arranged them to mimic the notched element in the sketch. 

     Finally I stamped a greeting from the stamp set, Christmas Messages, and cut the stamped layer 2-1/2" wide by 2-1/4" high.  I matted this with a layer of Old Olive Card Stock 2-5/8" wide by 2-3/8" high, and applied the layered element to the middle of the card using Stampin' Dimensionals.  For a final accent, I added a Cherry Cobbler Candy Dot in each of the corners of the stamped layer.

     Besides Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive in these sheets of Designer Series Paper, there is quite a bit of Crumb Cake; so I used that color to form the card base.  I decided to cut the base to form a card with the fold on the top as I thought that accented the layout better than a card folded on the side would have.

     One of the really nice features of the Christmas Messages Stamp Set is that there are both an outside greeting and an inside sentiment.  For the "Deck the Halls" greeting, I used the sentiment, "Hoping your Christmas is trimed with the love and warmth of family and friends."  How cool is that!

     Oh, but it's not as cool as all the projects in the Create with Connie and Mary Winter Collection!  For every project there are full color tutorials, and there's a project every day but Saturday!  Even if you "missed" the first week, you actually never miss anything in one of the Connie and Mary Collections because you always have access to the full Collection no matter when you join!  And, of course, you'll want to see my project, which will be coming up in a couple of weeks – and you can ONLY see it on the Create website!

     Now I'm off to have some more fun in my craft room – check back on Monday for my latest project!


Posted on : Oct 26 2013
Posted under Challenges, Create with Connie and Mary, Sizzix, Stamping |

Christmas Sparkle Deja Vu!

Aloha, all!

     I am so excited that today the Create with Connie and Mary team announced that I will be one of their Guest Designers for their Winter 2013 Edition of Create with Connie and Mary!  So today's post is not only one of my occasional forays into my own archives, it's a sneak peek into the products that I'll be using in my Guest Designer project!  I love all the Stampin' Up! 2013 Holiday Catalog papers and embellishments, and I'll be combining these with a great stamp set that was introduced by Stampin' Up! last year.  I'm having so much fun with it, and it will be a great project for you to show off, too!

     As you read this, I'm still in North Carolina's Outer Banks getting a good fill of grandchild time!  And you can believe that the theme of Christmas presents has come up in discussions as we won't see them again until well into the New Year.  So that's another great reason to make the theme of today's post focus on the winter holidays!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA     But where to find a good idea?  Where, indeed!  So once again I went back to my first year of blogging (and as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator) and found a card that I remember having a great time making.  I made this card as my first card using products from the 2008 Holiday Mini Catalog.  Those "Little Felt Flurry" snowflakes with some glitter added were so much fun!

     For my 2013 card, I don't have the Little Felt Flurries.  But I do have the nice big Sizzix Festive Flurry Framelits from the 2013 Holiday Catalog, as well as some Silver Glimmer Paper!


     But I really liked that 2008 layout, so I stuck with it, Everything else is new since 2008, including the greeting from Greetings of the Season (not in the catalog, but still available from Stampin' Up! – item number 128030 or 128033 for a Wood Mount or Clear stamp set, respectively)

     The paper is one of the "Specialty" foil-accented sheets from the Winter Frost Designer Series Paper set.  And doesn't that foil beautifully accent the Glimmer Paper Snowflakes!  Speaking of accents, this is the first time I've used one of the prettiest embellishments in the Holiday Catalog – the Frosted Finishes Embellishment snowflake.  Gorgeous on that small snowflake!  The large Snowflake (cut with the two Framelits run through the Big Shot at the same time, with the inside becoming the smaller snowflake on this card.) demanded some added bling, too!  So I added in one of the Large Rhinestone Basic Jewels.  Another first – this was the first Large Rhinestone removed from my pack of them! 

     Not all of these products will be in my Create with Connie and Mary project – but lots of them will, and I can hardly wait to show them off!  But you won't be able to see the project until you subscribe to the Create with Connie and Mary Winter Edition!  This week is the best time to sign up because there is an Early Bird Discount, and there is Blog Candy going on.  To find out more, just click here to see this week's Preview Projects and to find out all about the Early Bird and Blog Candy!


Posted on : Oct 13 2013
Posted under Announcement, Create with Connie and Mary, Sizzix, Stamping |