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I spend very little time – maybe none? – talking about our "critters" on this blog. Now that I'm thinking about the Stampin' Up! Only Challenge that goes live today with the theme, "Cute Critters," maybe I should talk about them more. After all, they spend most of their day around my feet as the glass doorway from my Craft Room is their favorite place to be. They can check everything out or sleep in the sun or lie on my work table (well, maybe not the 75 lb dog).
Our black cat, Cholla, is sleeping on one of my storage boxes even as I write this. But the minute that I act as if I'm going to get up from my computer, she'll be right there with me to let me know she's hungry. And she gets fed when she wants. She's 19 years old, so she's treated like an elderly queen, thank you very much! So, when we were challenged to make a project with cute critters as a theme, I went right to one of my least-used stamp Stampin' Up! stamp sets, You Little Furball.
This stamp set comes with a variety of little kitty heads and little kitty bodies. It's mix and match! So I chose one that allowed me to add a bit of a sparkle in a collar around the kitty's neck. Believe me, my Cholla has NEVER agreed to wear a collar. She's an indoor kitty, and she has a chip should she escape and get lost, so I've never insisted on the collar. But in a card like this the cat didn't argue!
One of my favorite colors in the Stampin' Up! collection is Calypso Coral, and it's been really nice having a pretty Calypso Coral print in the Sale-a-bration Designer Series Paper Set, Wildflower Fields.
STOP! Do you realize that Sale-a-bration,
where you get free papers and stamp sets for every $50 of Stampin' Up! productds,
is over tomorrow! So now's the time to get that last minute order in!
OK – back to today's project. As I was using a little-used stamp set, I also picked out a little-used Embossing Folder, Elegant Dots. With such an elegant kitty, why not elegant dots!
Just in case you're interested in seeing more of this stamp set, here it is. To purchase it, you can go right to my very own Stampin' Up! store and check this purchase off your list!
I spent some time last week decided which of my Easter cards I wanted to send to my grandchildren. They all – 2 girls and 2 boys – have such different personalities. I was able to decide on cards that I'd already made for three of them. But the fourth, the oldest and definitely a teenage boy, was a puzzle. So I went through my stack of stamp sets that had any kind of an Easter theme. While I had two of them in my hands, I had a "bingo" moment! But when it came to the final design, I still made a big change after I had finished the card.
Here's the card after the final final change.
Now I wish I'd left myself more time (can you say, "proscrastinate"?) because I would have reorganized the elements a bit. But I still like the idea of having all the plainly colored eggs upstaged by the egg with the brightly-colored Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper, Wildflower Fields.
In the original card, I'd left all of the stamped eggs uncolored (and yes, I just recolored the original card – I used the small end of my Stampin' Write Markers to get in under the already-adhered sentiment).
Once I finished the final card, I looked at the photo of the original "final" card, and knew exactly what I would have done if I had time to make the card again. I would have left the eggs uncolored, and I would have changed the sentiment layer to have a colored layer (matching another of the colors – maybe Lost Lagoon?) and stamped and heat-embossed the sentiment on it.
But it's already in the mail – hopefully, in my grandson's mail box by yesterday! I'll just have to figure out something else to stamp on a card for him before long and try my idea out!
In any case, Happy Easter to everyone who celebrates this delightful, and for many holy, holiday!
While I do have a Facebook business page where I share my own and Stampin' Up!'s specials, I also have a personal page where I share what's got my attention at the moment in my life in general. Earlier this week, I posted this photo on my personal page.
This is a photo of the garden that I see from the front lanai – or porch depending on where you live. It's also part of the view that I see from my Craft Room – every morning of the week.
So why am I posting this today? It's because I wanted to share with you something for which I am very thankful, and which would not be possible if I didn't have my own home-based business related to my paper-crafting. If I had to go somewhere else to work, I would not be able to stop every once in a while during the day to enjoy this beautiful botanical garden that is part of my own home.
And this doesn't get boring. As I was looking at this photo this morning, I realized that I'd not even noticed the lovely pink orchid up in the tree to the right. Each time I look out, I notice something new. Like that bromeliad between the two Manila Palms towards the right. I never noticed until yesterday that this looked like a fountain – right in my own yard!
Of course I cannot stare out at the garden all the time. There is work to be done, even though it feels like play when I start creating cards and scrapbook pages and tutorials. What that does for me is to help me earn a bit of extra money, and I don't have to travel away from my home to make that happen.
So today, on Thanksgiving Day in the United States, one of the things for which I am so very thankful is that I have this opportunity, to work at home, earn a bit of extra money, and enjoy my garden.
Do you have something about your home that you really enjoy and don't want to leave to go work somewhere else? If this appeals to you, you might want to consider becoming a Stampin' Up! demonstrator. You can make your business what you want it to be. With the internet and all the social media available these days, you definitely can structure your business to your own idea of what you want it to be.
Interested in the possibility of being thankful for this next year come Thanksgiving? Just give me a call (808-854-6145) or send me an e-mail, and I'll be glad to help you figure out how Stampin' Up! might fit into your life!
The Stampin' Up! Only (SUO) Challenge this time is to make a card for a teen. I have a teenaged grandson, so making this kind of card was a fun challenge for me. As I was making this card, Quin's mother posted some wonderful photos on Facebook showing him making dinner for the family as a Valentine gift. And he did everything on his own. The menu looked like I would have been more than happy to be there. What a wonderful kid!
Besides being a cook, Quin is also involved in theater and is a singer with a group of budding musicians – great stuff for a teenager! So when I first saw the Be the Star Stamp Set in my Stampin' Up! Catalog, I knew I'd be using it to make cards for him. It's already in the mail to him to let him know how proud of him I am!
The background paper for the card front is from the Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper set. Yes, this set has fabulous floral prints. But the painted stripes on the reverse of a couple of the floral prints are fun prints to use, too. This print is Daffodil Delight, but it also has some hints of orange in it. I decided the orange I would use to accent this card was Tangelo Twist, which is the square mat between the striped paper and the Whisper White Cardstock on which I stamped the words. I stamped the top two using Tangelo Twist ink, and then I used Mossy Meadow for the third stamped sentence.
I used Mossy Meadow to stamp the small star groupings in the background and also used it to mat the entire card front. Back to the Daffodil Delight, I used Daffodil Delight ink to stamp the two larger stars, with the largest star stamped on Daffodil Delight Cardstock and the smaller on Whisper White Cardstock. After cutting the stars using the Stars Framelits set, I attached a piece of Mossy Meadow 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon behind the stars for a fun accent. I adhered the star group onto the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals. For the final accent, I added a Rhinestone Basic Jewel to the center of the stars, with a few smaller Rhinestones on the smaller star groupings. Gotta have something shiny with stars!
If you have a teen in your family or circle of friends, think about making a card for him or her and sending it off – "just because." Teenagers need that from us now and then. Of course, then you'll want to add it to the SUO Challenge Blog! We'd all love to see it.
And if you'd like to use this wonderful stamp set, following are links to my online Stampin' Up! store where you can buy it and the other products I featured in this blog post!
Well, even if this blog post is a day late, we did get the card in the mail to our oldest granddaughter, Morgan, in plenty of time for her January 29th birthday!
Yes, indeed – Happy Birthday is written all over this card, even if the words aren't exactly there! This stamp set is one of those that you can get FOR FREE as part of this year's Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration promotion! Before I go into the "how" you can get this set for free, let's look at the other products in this card.
The second best product is the brand new Brithday Bash Specialty Designer Series Paper. I just LOVE the colors in this set and I REALLY LOVE the Gold Accents on the sheet with the balloons. I tried hard to get that gold to shine in the photo, and there's one shining really well just to the right of the center layered element! It definitely was special to add some gold to Morgan's card!
I got the idea for using Stampin' Up! Blendabilities Markers for this project from one of the samples that's right in the 2015 Sale-A-Bration Catalog! To go with the colors in the Designer Series Paper, I used Calypso Coral and Bermuda Bay Blendabilities, along with my Daffodil Delight markers. The "yellow" in the paper design is Crushed Curry, but there are no Crushed Curry Blendabilities – yet! I'm hoping for ALL the Stampin' Up! colors eventually to be carried in the Blendabilities line.
The main cardstock I used for this card is Whisper White Cardstock, and I stamped the images using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. Both of these are recommended as the paper/ink to use when you are going to be including Blendabilities – which are alcohol-based – in your project. To mat the stamped element as well as the front background paper, I used Bermuda Bay Cardstock. Then finally I tied my whole project together with some Crushed Curry 1/4" Polyester Ribbon, part of FREE Accessory Pack in the Sale-A-Bration Catalog.
There are quite a few products in this project that you could get FOR FREE during Sale-A-Bration, including the Stamp Set, the Accessory Pack (which includes ribbons and buttons in three colors), and even two of the three sets of Blendabilities. All you have to is to buy $50 worth of Stampin' Up! products – any products! – and you can pick one FREE product for EACH $50 you spend! One of my friends just hosted a workshop and each of the people who attended purchased products from both the 2015 Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog and from the 2014-2015 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog. And ALL of them received a free item from the Sale-A-Bration catalog. That was a fun order for me to put in!
How about you? Do you have a few friends that might like to get together for a fun time stamping and order some Stampin' Up! products! I'd be more than happy to help you out, even if you're not near where I have my craft room. Just send me an e-mail or give me a call (the e-mail link and my phone number are up at the right!) and we'll get the planning started!
And now here's a summary of the products I used in this project. Those with a $0.00 price you can only get FREE through the Sale-A-Bration Catalog!
"Aloha" is filled with just a bit of cheer for me and my husband this month, as we finally are getting our house ready for a move back in 5 or 6 weeks. Yes, the lava is still out there and still threatens to cross the road that links us to the rest of our island and the world. BUT the lava is moving slowly, and no one can seem to predict what it is going to do. So we're taking our chances and moving back home – our home and OUR garden!
To get ready for the move, we decided to take the opportunity to paint the inside of the house – what better time to do that when most of our furniture is in another house! The sad part for me is that I have had to remove all the old Stampin' Up! Decor Elements images from our walls.
Were you around in the stamping community when Stampin' Up! sold its own line of Vinyl images? I LOVED them! I hopped right on that bandwagon, and had decorations all over my house. I even left the Christmas hanging ornament images up all year because just a bit of a different ribbon accenting them made them work well in any season.
But my favorite vinyl images were the Inspire, Create and Share images, with their Stampin' Up! definitions. I accented each of them with flowers and had them where anyone who entered my Craft Room would see them. On the fourth wall, next to a bookcase, I even accented a photo collage of me and my sister with a Decor Elements Hostess set.
Sigh! But now they're gone. Gone but not forgotten as they now appear in one of my first 2015 Project Life Pages. What a fun Project Life project this was!
As you can see, there are not any specific Project Life cards or accents in this page. Eventually there may be. But for now I just wanted to get these pictures cropped and put in a page. In fact, that's what I'm doing with all my pictures so far this year. I made a "resolution" to keep track of this year as it contains a significant birthday for me, and I'd like to look back on the year to see what I've made of it.
So first things first – get the pictures into an album, with some basic accents (the Melon Mambo mat for the smaller 3" x 4" pockets) and at least one journaling card (I made this one up myself with a picture from an old catalog). Down the road, when I have some more free time, I'll glitz the pages up a bit!
For now – memories are captured!
I may have mentioned that I really, really LOVE the Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper (DSP) set. So today and in my next blog post I'm going to share one of the designs in this set, along with stamps from the Sale-A-Bration Lotus Blossom Stamp Setb!
First a word from my sponsor – Stampin' Up! This is the best time of the year to buy Stampin' Up! products for all your favorite Spring and Early Summer "Occasions." That's why the current catalog is called the Occasions Catalog. Not only that, for every $50 that you spend on ANY Stampin' Up! products, you get to choose one product from the Sale-A-Bration Catalog – FREE! When you click on any of the products that I show at the end of this post, you will be whisked off to my own, personal, Stampin' Up! website. Anything that you purchase there, will be from my shop – and your sales keep me going in my efforts!
And now back to today's project!
Just this morning we received word that one of my husband's last two living aunts passed away during the night. We live in Hawaii, and a trip to mid-Kansas for the memorial service will not be possible. So I do want to be really quick in getting a card off to our cousin and her husband, who worked so hard to help our aunt out during her final days.
To make the stamped image using the Lotus Blossom Stamp Set, I used Rose Red Classic and Wild Wasabi Classic Inks. Both of these colors are in the DSP sheet I picked for this project.
The Lotus Blossom in the stamp set is made up of three separate stamps. Each of the stamps needs to be stamped individually. The stamps have a direction arrow built into them, and there is a numeral on each direction arrow. Here's how I managed this flower, using Rose Red ink throughout. I stamped:
- each stamp in the order numbered, from 1 to 3, with the arrows pointing in the same direction.
- stamp #1 fully inked.
- stamp #2 off on scrap paper one time before stamping on the project.
- stamp #3 off on scrap paper as for stamp #2.
There are two stamps for the stem, and I stamped the first one with full color and stamped off the top layer.
I picked Rose Red Cardstock to mat both the floral layer and the entire card front. I love tying ribbons around stemmed flowers. Without any Rose Red ribbon in my collection, I chose the Daffodil Delight 1/4" Cotton Ribbon to pick up the Daffodil Delight color in some of the DSP flowers.
Finally, for the important sentiment for this card, I chose one of the stamp pair stamps from the Petite Pairs Stamp Set, stamped it using Rose Red Classic Ink, and punched the stamped image using the Scallop Oval Punch and matted it with Rose Red Cardstock punched with the Extra-Large Oval Punch. To accent the oval element, I added some Daffodil Delight Candy Dots using the Brights Candy Dots set, and then adhered it to the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals.
Each stamp in the Petite Pairs stamp set has a paired stamp, and that for the stamp that I used on the card front is, "…to heal your heart." I used that stamp on the inside of the card to finish it off.
Here now are the products I used in this project, not including my SNAIL monoadhesive. If you purchased every one of these products, you would pay $100.50, and get TWO SALE-A-BRATION PRODUCTS FOR FREE! Not only that, you would have enough product to make dozens of greeting cards or gifts without purchasing one other product!
Just two days until Christmas, but I finally figured out how to present the gift that I bought for my husband. Actually, we both shared a gift by treating ourselves to several days at a local resort on Hawaii's Big Island earlier in the month. Good prices for that early in December, especially for people who live on the island!
But the day after we got back, I was in a local grocery store and saw an ingredient from one of the very first dinners my husband made for me when we began dating well over 30 years ago. I mentioned it to him, and we both reminisced about the very first dinner he made for me, as well as the one with the special ingredient I had seen.
He then wondered what had become of the cookbook he'd bought and used as he was trying to woo me way back when. We've moved three times since then, and somewhere along the way, the cookbook disappeared.
That was the bad news. The good news was that Amazon is a good source for finding old, out-of-print cookbooks. It arrived at my doorstep a few days ago. Woo-hoo!
But I've spent the past several days trying to figure out how to make a special, memorable wrapping. Finally today I realized that the wrapping wasn't going to be what made it special. I was going to make a bookmark, which would stay in the book as long as we have it (I'm hand carring it with whatever move we make this Spring!), and the bookmark would have a loving note on the back.
For the bookmark, I used cardstock from several sheets from the Under the Tree Specialty Designer Series Paper set. I picked one of the Early Espresso sheets because I definitely wanted this to be a masculine bookmark. Then I die cut some snowflakes using the smallest snowflake in the Snowflake Card Thinlits Die. For these I picked out some scraps from some of the Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green sheets. I also used the same Die set to cut the "Joy". It got lost a bit more than the snowflakes when I tried to adhere it to the dark background. So I used the Ticket Duo Builder Punch to create a background for it, again using one of the pieces of cardstock in the Under the Tree Specialty paper set. The bookmark is as long as the cookbook is high.
OK – if you've read this far, then you're interested. The ingredient I saw (and I rarely see it in our stores) was fresh Chicken Livers. The recipe, from Pierre Franey's 60 Minute Gourmet, calls for double-sauteeing the chicken livers, once in butter and the other in peanut oil, then flambeeing them with brandy. There are other ingredients, but those are the main ones. Along with this recipe, the book calls for making an egg noodle dish using butter as well as chopped eggs with some cheese. Hmmm, does sound like something that might raise my cholesterol level about 30 points just reading about it! So you can probably see why it's not on our regular cooking schedule. We may just have to make it one more time once he gets the cookbook in his stocking!
An unfortunate side note to this is that, just this past Thursday, our local grocery store had to go out of business as the lava flow from the Kilauea Volcano is threatening the shopping center where it was located. Now I'll have to go searching for Chicken Livers!
Even though it's late in the season as well as in the publication timespan for the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog, I thought you might still be interested in the bookmark ingredients! Especially note that the Ticket Duo Building Punch is on sale as part of the Stampin' Up! Year-End Closeout Sale!
Well here I am again with a card made with the All Is Calm Specialty Designer Series Paper set. I am just loving the Pear Pizzazz/Lost Lagoon color combo!
For today's card, using another of the layouts featured in my 2010 Greeting Card Layout eBook, I used two designs from the DSP set. I really like the dotted design in the paper on the background layer, and the Pear Pizzazz sheet is a perfect complement to it.
When I picked out the stamp I was going to use from the Mingle all the Way Stamp Set, I wanted to feature some Pear Pizzazz green in with the Lost Lagoon color I'd selected for the main image. So, just as I did with another recent card, I inked up the whole stamp with Lost Lagoon, then used an Aqua Painter to remove the ink from a few of the snowflakes. Finally I used my Pear Pizzazz Stampin' a Write Marker to re color the snowflakes. It stamped up pretty well!
For the glitter, after all that work stamping the Pear snowflakes, I decided to insert three Rhinestones over them. Nice touch!
To follow the layout instructions, I scalloped one long edge with the Scallop Edge Border Punch. ooooh, another nice touch!
And, once again, I tied the project all together with some ribbon. Even though there is some nice Lost Lagoon ribbon in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog, I wanted something a bit wider to complete this project. So I found my Lost Lagoon 3/8" Stitched Ribbon, and it was another perfect touch
Here are the main Stampin' Up! products I featured in today's card. Just click on a picture to find out more about a product – and to buy it from my Stampin' Up! Website if you wish!
Yikes! There are so many people I like to send Halloween cards to, and I basically have two more days to get my cards made and sent out. Mail takes longer to get to mainland destinations from Hawaii, so I'd better get on the stick. But at least I got my craft room set up enough to get some done!
I love, love, love the sayings in the Stampin' Up! Tee-hee-hee Photopolymer Stamp Set! Some of them soooo perfectly fit my favorite (only?) niece, AND said favorite niece spends the whole year figuring out what her Halloween Party is going to feature. I had the pleasure to attend one of the parties a few years ago, and I wish I could be on the east coast to attend others. Oh, my, her Halloween parties are over the top! So, of course, I'll be sending this card off to her.
I've used five of the stamps from this set for this card (two are on the inside). I wanted the sentiment stamp to be the featured stamp in this card, so I thought of placing it on a strip that would go along the width of a 5-1/2" x 4-1/4" card. Once I made that decision, I had to figure out what I'd do with the top and bottom. I decided to put a hat on the top and the darling shoes on the bottom. After I'd put one of each on the card, it occurred to me that adding one more on each side would be perfect!
Back to the sentiment, but just briefly. I still didn't know what I wanted to do with it. So I designed the layering for the card as my next part of the project. I am back into my old habit of leaving everything out from one project before I start on the next, and I still had some papers that I'd used for one of my next newsletter articles out – papers from the Stampin' Up! Color Me Autumn Designer Series Paper set. I really wanted to show off at least one of those papers, so I started my layering. As I couldn't make up my mind about which paper to use, I ended up using two – the Crushed Curry and the Cajun Craze solid type designs. But right on top of one another, they didn't really "pop." That thin little layer of Basic Black Cardstock took care of that problem and I was off to the races! The one thing I had to do was to trim my stamped layer down a bit more than I had originally designed. But I'd left plenty of room, so trim away I did.
Finally I had to tackle that sentiment strip, and I spotted my roll of 1-1/4" Burlap Ribbon, which had hardly ever been used. Why not make that the base layer of the strip! I cut it the width of the card and then notched each end before fringing each notch. Stamping some Very Vanilla Cardstock using Cajun Craze ink, and layering that on some Basic Black, again with just a small bit showing, finished my strip.
What a fun card, and I'm sure Margie will love it!
Here is a quick look at the inside stamping, which I placed in the lower left corner, and I've included a layout sketch!
And here are the products I featured in this project. To buy any of them, all you have to do is click on the picture and you will be taken to my online Stampin' Up! store. Easy!