Happy Birthday, Margie!

Aloha, all!

     Each year, my favorite niece, Margie (actually my only niece so I get to say that without anyone getting her nose bent out of shape!), has a birthday that I feel I need to mark with something that has to do with unicorns. Yes, unicorns continue to be a feature in her life even as she moves inexorably (but not this year or the next couple) towards the big 4-0. I was therefore quite thrilled when I found the perfect set with unicorns for this year's Birthday Card for Margie!

    Most of the stamps that I used for this card are from the "Believe in Unicorns" stamp set from the stamp company, Newton's Nook. This is not the first stamp set I've bought from Newton's Nook, just the first I've posted here in my blog. But besides the stamps and dies, everything else about this card is from Stampin' Up!, the company whose products I represent (just no unicorns this catalog). The "happy birthday" at the bottom of the sentiment square is from Stampin' Up!'s stamp set, Teeny Tiny Wishes. And both the Newton's Nook and Stampin' Up! images were cut out using one of the squares in the Stampin' Up! Stitched Shapes Dies.

     All of the cardstock used in this card is from Stampin' Up!, including the Thick Whisper White Cardstock card base, the Whisper White Cardstock on which everything was stamped, the Garden Green Cardstock that I used for the grassy hill, and the Bermuda Bay Cardstock that I used to mat the card front. The Ribbon is 3/8" Whisper White Classic Weave Ribbon.

     I colored in the Unicorn and the Rainbow using something other than traditional rainbow colors – Bermuda Bay, Garden Green, and Daffodil Delight Stampin' Write Markers. The little bit of shadowing I did for the unicorn and clouds I made with Copic Markers, C0, C1, and C3I do have a nice collection of Copic Markers, and one of these days I've GOT to learn how to use them! But I don't think I did too badly with the shading for this card.

     The most fun was using some Wink of Stella on the Unicorn and the Rainbow. I could not get a full on photo of the card AND show off the sparkle that Wink of Stella gives to the fun little critter. But here's a small section that I turned into the sun to get some sparkle.

     This really was SOOO much fun! I can hardly wait to see what I come up with next year. Along with the card that I sent to Margie earlier in the week, I sent the stamp sets from this year as well as last year. I can't imagine when I'd ever use these sets except for Margie's birthday. And she's so awesome she deserves something new EVERY year.

     Here are the Stampin' Up! products. If you'd like to know more about Newton's Nook, I'm sure you can find them with a quick Internet search!


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Posted on : Sep 29 2017
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Fun Folded Gift Box for Valentine’s Favors!

Aloha, all!

     Next Saturday I'll be co-hosting a Valentine's Luncheon for one of my service organizations. One of my jobs as the co-host is to make favors for everyone. This isn't a very large group, but it's still enough people that I need something quick and easy to make and that will hold something fun in the way of a treat.

     This little box is made just with folds! There's no cutting or gluing to construct the box at all. How simple is that??!!! Of course, you have to use some adhesive to adhere the piece of Sending Love Designer Series Paper from the stack of the same name. But that's it!

     The good news is that those on my mailing list get a tutorial for this project! If you're not already on my newsletter mailing list, you'll get a tutorial for making this card when you sign up between now and February 12th of this year. If you are already on the list, you will have received a copy of this tutorial with my early February newsletter earlier today.. I really hope you enjoy it! It's not an original design, but I think my tutorial will make it especially easy for you to make this little darling!

     Oh, and my Newsletter Sign-Up form is up at the top left of this page!

     Happy Stamping!



Posted on : Feb 05 2017
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My Craft Room – Not Just for Paper!

Aloha, all!

     Since late last year, I have had a bit less time for my paper crafting, but not because I'm too busy with chores. I've been learning how to crochet a breast prosthesis called a Knitted Knocker. How these got their name is a fun story, but I'll leave it for you to research that online at KnittedKnockers.org. What's more fun for me is that I now am able to make these breast prostheses for women who have had breast cancer and have not had reconstructive surgery. I feel as if I'm really doing something to help with those who have had breast cancer and not just by donating money to research. This was especially true yesterday when I gave a friend my very first completed set of Knitted Knockers (which, in my case, were crocheted, not knitted).

     Isn't that a delightful color of blue?! It's a color that my friend picked out from a box of yarn I'd ordered and received just a few weeks ago. No matter where you are around the world making these, they're made with soft yarn and either knitted or crocheted very tightly so that they can be stuffed with polyester fiber fill. The yarn that our group uses is Cascade Ultra Pima 100% cotton yarn.  For this set, and for any that I give to someone directly, I stuff them as full as I can and then the person who is going to use them can remove however much she wants to make them comfortable.

     The group to which I belong that started making these in our area of East Hawaii not only gives these to friends and neighbors, but also distributes them to oncology and other cancer treatment centers in our area. Those, too, are stuffed and ready to wear, with slight adjustments as needed. The group also sends knitted and crocheted items to the national Knitted Knockers in Bellingham, Washington, because that is where most requests for these are received. But wherever and to whomever we give these, we do not charge one cent for them. So if you, or someone you know, would like to have one or two of these, just get in touch with KnittedKnockers.org, and they'll help you get your order placed.

     Of course, my Stampin' Up! stash helped with the packaging of this delivery! That bag is a gusseted cellophane bag from Stampin' Up! And I punched the tag that went with this using the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch. I really can't make anything these days without pulling stuff from the paper-crafting side of my craft room! Click on either of the pictures below to learn more about the products AND to purchase them from my Stampin' Up! store.


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Posted on : Feb 04 2017
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More New Stuff!

Aloha, all!

     Welcome to the very first project of the year made for one of the Stampin' Up! Only Challenges! Of course the theme revolves around the "new stuff" that Stampin' Up! has coming out in its newest catalogs tomorrow – January 4, 2017! That's when the Stampin' Up! 2017 Occasions Catalog and the Stampin' Up! 2017 Sale-a-bration Catalog go live! My project for this challenge – and for you today – includes my current most favorite product in the new Occasions Catalog, the Window Box Thinlit Die set.

     This Thinlits set is SOOOO much fun to use, and I've already made several of the boxes using different cardstock, papers and embellishments. For today's post, I chose one made with Whisper White Thick Cardstock and with a variety of Mint Macaron-colored products. Those that you can see from this photo are the Mint Macaron 3/8" Sheer Linen Ribbon, a Mint Macaron colored print paper from the Blooms and Bliss Designer Series Paper set adhered under the decorative die on the top;, and another Mint colored sheet from the new Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper set, matted with some Mint Macaron Cardstock.

     On this side, you can see one of the square Thinlits from the Window Box set that can be used on the side of the box. I mounted this on a layer of Mint Macaron print, then created a square frame for it using Stampin' Up!'s Layering Squares Framelits Dies and Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies. I like the way that there's a bit of a textured feature between the cutting lines on this frame.

     In this straight-on view of the box top, you can better see how pretty the decorative die is with the paper behind it. And there's a bit more Mint Macaron as I used Mint Macaron Classic Ink to stamp the sentiment with a stamp from the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set that's punched with the Classic Label Die.

     I found this box really easy to make. It does take a bit more time than making a greeting card, but the end product is so worth it! The best part of this project is that the top opens and closes, and LOTS of candy can fit inside! Or jewelry? Hmmm, that's what I'd like to see in it! But what made this box so easy to make was that I took the time to view the video that Stampin' Up! has made with hints about how to put the box together and how to use the various parts of this set. Here's the video – well worth your time if you're planning on purchasing this set!



     Tomorrow – the day that the Occasions and Sale-a-bration Catalogs go live – I'll have a list of all the products that I've used in my blog post projects the last few days. Meanwhile, if you have any questions or comments, be sure to post them in the comment section below!

     Happy Stamping!


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Posted on : Jan 02 2017
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Easy Last-Minute Gifts!

Aloha, all!

     You might have noticed the absence of the word, "quick," in the title of this blog post. Depending on how many note cards you want to make for a gift this could be "Quick and Easy." Either way, this is an easy gift to make.

     Note cards do not have to have lots of layers and embellishments. When I make them for gifts, I assume that the person using the cards may wish to write on both sides of the inside of the card – and maybe even on the back. I do this when I write notes, and I do NOT like it when there are lots of bumps to write over when I'm writing inside the front of the card. So – NO embellishments, and little in the way of layers. Here are the two last-minute gifts I made – note card sets. Both took a while to make as I used the Sizzix Big Shot with both designs. But other than that the card was easy.


     This set took the longest to make of the two. Each card required running plates through the Big Shot 5 times, and that is definitely time-consuming. Most of the set was made with Stampin' Up! products, though the Designer Series Paper that I used retired last year. It's got tropical garden designs in it and, as I live in a tropical garden, I stocked up on plenty of it when it was on the Clearance Rack.

     You can see that the design is simple – two layered squares on a coordinating background, all covering a Whisper White Thick Cardstock card base. The two colors of cardstock that I used with this set were Old Olive and Cajun Craze. Four of the cards look like the one on the front of the box, and four had a Cajun Craze background with another Designer Series Paper design masked with Old Olive cardstock. Each of the eight envelopes has a flower stamped on it, with the flower from the still current Botanical Blooms Stamp Set.


     This set is also a set of eight cards, but it was a lot quicker to make. I stamped the Hedgehog image from the Love You Lots Host/Hostess Stamp Set. The cards are for my daughter-in-law who just this fall was gifted a hedgehog for a pet. I've only seen photos of her so far, but she is just as cute as can be! What's struck me about her photos is that she looks blue! She's probably actually more of a silver color. But I thought it would be cute to stamp these little gals in Dapper Denim, which is kind of on the gray end of blue, especially when it's stamped on Very Vanilla Cardstock.

     This card required only two passes through the Sizzix Big Shot, which is one reason it was quicker. Another reason is that I didn't have to fuss with more than two layers, as opposed to the 5 in the first set of cards.

     I still have a couple more gifts that I'm going to try to make. But I think with my schedule over the next day or so, they may be gifts for boxing day, and not actually Christmas!

     I hope you're having a fun Christmas weekend! We have guests for dinner tonight (Christmas Eve) and then we're off to Bridge tomorrow. So I believe my craft room activity for today is called "cleaning up the mess"!


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Posted on : Dec 24 2016
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What I’ve Been Doing All Week!

Aloha, all!

     I had a fabulous Thanksgiving weekend, beginning with a lovely dinner hosted by a new, but already dear, friend at her home on the ocean. Oh, my what a peaceful time that was, even with 30 or 40 people milling about. All of us were delighted to be there, and we met loads of new friends whom we hope to meet again. All live not too far from us, so that should certainly be a possibility.

     But now we're seriously into the Christmas season.  My first priority is finally to get done with a project that I started back at the end of the summer that I hope to give to our 16-year old grandson for Christmas. I have been concentrating so much on that this whole week, that I've totally spaced on anything else. But rather than just telling you what I've been doing, I thought I'd share a sample of the Digital Project Life Scrapbook pages that I've been making.


     I'm sharing this particular page because this layout design is part of the Project Life by Stampin' Up! set of products. Yes, not only can you buy Project Life products through the Stampin' Up! catalog, you can buy Stampin' Up! products through the Project Life website! That's where I found this template, called Stampin' Up! 5a. Of course there are dozens of other layouts available digitally, and I have been using them throughout my project.

     The scrapbook that I'll be making will be documenting Quin's summer vacation with us for the past 3 years. At the time these photos were taken, Quin was just a few weeks shy of his 14th birthday, and it was the first time he'd come to visit us by himself. So he was definitely doing some exploring – witness the little affair with the gecko! But he also came just after we had been hit by a terrible tropical storm, and we had no electricity for the first week he was with us. So no television or much in the way of electronics, and certainly no light to do Sudoku puzzles after dark. The only candle we had in a convenient place was on our table on the lanai (porch) in front of the house. I'm sure you can tell he "loved" that!

     Even though we had cell phones, first of all the cell towers near us were out of commission, and second we had no place to charge them at home. So another "fun" activity was to go to the local community pool which had electricity and use their electrical outlets. They were kind enough to have as many power strips hooked up to their outlets as they could. All we had to bring was a chair to sit and visit with everyone else up there charging their phones and other electronics.

     So now you get an idea of what a scrapbook can do when it comes to reminiscing about life in the past – good or not so good. So this will be a great Christmas gift for Quin – he's loved every scrapbook I've given him so far, and I'm sure this will be no exception!

     I'm taking a break from this project to get a few Christmas Cards done for posting here over the next few days. If I'm really good at that, I'll get enough done to keep me going with the scrapbook until it's done and sent off to the printer!

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Posted on : Dec 03 2016
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Quick and Easy Book Club Gift!

Aloha, all!

     While members of the (very large) Book Club to which I belong don't usually exchange gifts, I decided this year that I'd spend some of my paper crafting time making holiday bookmarks for everyone in the group. A bookmark is definitely not expensive, especially when I've got everything I need to make them already in my craft room supply stash.

Bookmark Cover2     This is a 3-layer bookmark, which gives it enough thickness to use for quite a while without it getting too messed up with all the handling it should get. The back layer is plain Very Vanilla Cardstock and the middle layer is a piece of one of the sheets from the Home for Christmas Designer Series Paper set from the Stampin' Up! 2015 Holiday Catalog. Cutting and adhering them together was just as simple as can be.

     The stamped layer took a bit more work, but still it was pretty easy to construct. For the images, I chose two of the stamps from the November 2015 Paper Pumpkin kit. I wanted that layer to be fully stamped, so out came my MISTI tool. It's not a Stampin' Up! tool, but it's readily available online and makes stamping like this SOOOO easy! For the red in this design I used the Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Spot that came with the Paper Pumpkin kit, and both my Garden Green and Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Write Markers. The holly leaves are line art, and I filled them in by using a Stampin' Up! Blender Pen inked up from my Stampin' Up! Garden Green Classic Ink Pad.

     Finally, to give the bookmark some texture, I punched the corners using the Curvy Corner Trio Punch.

     As I said, this is a very large book club, and we usually have 16 to 20 people attending each meeting. So if I am to make, say, 25 of these bookmarks, I'll likely have to use different Deisgner Series Paper – or even card stock – as my middle layer. But that's not really a problem as I manage to have a good stash of holiday papers that will be nice accents for the stamped layer.

     The final touch for the bookmarks are the vinyl covers that I'll use to package the little gifts. That way I can put them all in a basket and those who want one of the bookmarks won't end up with one that's been picked over and messed up by lots of hands, no matter how late they are in picking one out. I tied bows to hold the top of the cover together, using pieces of the Garden Green 1/8" Striped Ribbon and the Gold Cording Trim, both from the Holiday Catalog.

     I think this is a nice little gift for my Book Club – and it won't take too much time to get them all made by the December meeting a week from tomorrow. Yikes! 7 days to make these! Better get a few more started!

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Posted on : Dec 10 2015
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Fun With a 10-Year Old Stamp!

Aloha, all!

     You know by now that I rarely keep any retired Stampin' Up! Stamp Sets around in my craft room. There are exceptions, though, and those stamps that have anything to do with Hawaii or the tropics get to stick around for at least a couple of years after they retire. A stamp that I used in today's project, though, has been around for a bit longer – it has a 2005 Copyright on it!


     If a stamp with the word, "Aloha," isn't going to stick around for that long, then my priorities are all messed up!  The word is used here in Hawaii almost as much as (more than?) the word, "Hello." But Aloha is much more than hello – it runs a whole gamut of positive greetings from "hello" to " wish the best for you."  Yes, there are other companies that make stamps with Aloha. But I do so love the quality of Stampin' Up! stamps. That this stamp has been sitting around for that long with the rubber in great shape is a testament to the quality of Stampin' Up! stamps!

     I especially wanted this word on the front of this card as it's one of a set of 8 cards that I made as a hostess gift for some friends we're visiting on our island this week.


     Here's the whole set, stamped envelopes and all, ready to be put into a gift box.

     The little palm tree on the cards and envelopes is actually a current Stampin' Up! stamp.  It's one of the many stamps in the Greetings From Photopolymer Stamp Set. No, it's not in the Stampin' Up! catalog; but it's one that's available for ordering online. It's a set that I bought to use in my Project Life scrapbook pages when I'm working on scrapbooking a trip.

Palm     I stamped the outline of the palm and colored the tops using Cucumber Crush and the trunks using Soft Suede. I imagine that these are coconut palms, so I colored the trunks with horizontal swipes.

     Now about stamping 5 of these little guys on 8 cards and having them all line up. No, I'm not selling this product. But I just cannot say enough about how much easier my stamping time is with my MISTI tool. I bought an early version and I hear the most current versions are even more wonderful (though I cannot imagine how). Just check out some videos on YouTube and you'll start thinking about putting this on your Christmas wish list for sure!

     Now to get all the "stuff" from this project put away and get my new stamp sets from last month's sale out to try so Ican show them off next! Nothing 10-years old about them!

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Posted on : Nov 02 2015
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New Stamps 9: Garden in Bloom

Aloha, all!

     For today's project, I'm reprising a project that is my go-to card when I need to send a quick card that has a little bit of a gift in it – the Diagonal Double Pocket Card. I always like to have one of these in my collection with current projects, so why not start early this year with a brand new stamp set – Garden in Bloom.


     All of the images on this card, which includes two bookmarks as the "gift" about which I spoke, are from the Garden in Bloom Stamp set. I chose the colors based on the colors that are in the sheet that I used from the English Garden Designer Series Paper set.  This piece of paper has a delicate design of flowerettes and leaflets on one side and a not-so-delicate large strip on the other. When I fold a piece of paper like this, I fold in such a way that the design that I like most – in this case, the delicate design, is featured more in the card. The strip is only visible as one of the diagonal folds in the middle of the card. There's another little trick to this card that I shared in my last Newsletter. I'll include a link to my tutorial notes in my next newsletter, too, if you'd like to sign up!  Just complete the form in the upper left of this blog page.

     So back to the colors – they are Melon Mambo and Mint Macaron. I find that a delightful change from all my Watermelon Wonder/Cucumber Crush cards that filled much of my June blog posts!

     The stamp set is one of the "watercolor" themed sets that are found throughout the 2015-2016 Stampin' Up! Catalog. This set not only has the outline of the flowers and butterflies, it also has separate stamps to use to fill in the color.  To make thes work using the same color for both the outline and the fill of a stamp, I stamp the outline using full strength ink from the stamp pad, and then I stamp the fill off on a piece of scrap paper before adding it to the center of the stamped outline.  This stamp set is Photopolymer, so that process is oh so easy!

     I left most of the Whisper White Cardstock layer on the bookmarks empty so that I can write a note on each to the person who will receive the card. I was tempted to stamp the same sentiment on the bookmarks as is on the front of the card – it's such a nice friendship greeting! But I would have had to stamp it sideways, and that didn't appeal to me.  So I'll hand write a note.

     The ribbon at the top of each bookmark is the Whisper White 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon. I'm so glad to have this ribbon in Whisper White.  But it is just a bit too wide to make a nice knot in the top of this bookmark, punched with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch. So I just slipped the ribbon through and used the teeny staples from the Handheld Stapler to lock the ribbon in place. It's kind of a fun look, I think! 

Here are the products featured in this project. Link to my personal Stampin' Up! Store to order any of these!

Garden in Bloom Photopolymer Stamp Set (139433)
English Garden Designer Series Paper (138440)

Cardstock: Mint Macaron (138337); Melon Mambo (115320); Whisper White (100730)
Ink: Melon Mambo Classic Stampin' Pad (126948); Mint Macaron Classic Stampin' Pad (138326)
Handheld Stapler (139083)
Whisper White 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon (138429)
Scalloped Tag Topper Punch (133324)



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Posted on : Jul 10 2015
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Using Retiring Papers for a Good Cause!

Aloha, all!

     This is my very last post featuring the papers that will be retiring come June 4th – or whenever Stampin' Up! runs out of them!

     Even after having made dozens of cards and other projects with my retiring papers, I still had quite a few whole sheets left over.  I really didn't have a problem deciding what to do with them as our Family and Community Education Club (FCE), which is part of the former Homemakers Extension club system, is participating in a fund-raising fair this coming Saturday.  A couple of years ago I covered standard composition books with Designer Series Papers and they sold like hotcakes at the fair (hotcakes are also sold by one of the clubs, I'm sure, and I'll bet these books sold better!).  This year I was able to cover about two dozen books with my papers.  I could have done a few more, but I ran out of books, which I'd purchased at dirt cheap prices at last year's Back to School sales.

Composition Books

     Here are 5 of the books.  You can see that I also used a lot of retiring Stampin' Up! ribbon to decorate the front and provide a place on which to clip the matching pens.  As most of us who do this kind of project do, I used the pens called "RSVP" pens.  The pens are clear so I could unscrew the bottoms and slip a piece of paper that matches the front of the books into the pens.

     Every book is different, as I needed to scrounge up two matching sheets of paper so the front and back of each book matched.  Here's how I did the covers – quick and easy!

  1. Cut 2 pieces of Designer Series Paper 12" x 9-1/2"; cut two pieces of coordinating paper 9" x 6".
  2. Apply adhesive (I used Sticky Strip) all around the edges of the front of the book, placing the adhesive on the spine side right up against the woven spine cover.  Make one adhesive "swipe" diagonally across the front. While I did use Sticky Strip, glue stick is also good, but you do need to make sure that it is completely dry before proceeding to the next step.
  3. Open the book and lay the cover on which you're working flat.  Clip a bit of a diagonal at both corners, but make sure that at least an inch and a half remains close to the corners.  Snip three times from the edge of the paper to the edge of the book at the corner.  Apply adhesive to these corner pieces and fold them onto the inside of the cover.  Then apply adhesive to the top, bottom and side pieces and adhere them to the inside of the cover.  SNAIL or Glue stick is fine for all these steps.
  4. Finally, apply adhesive to the 9" x 6" piece of paper and adhere to the inside of the cover, covering the edges of the front piece that have been folded in.  Use Sticky Strip around the edges of this piece and as well as one strip on a diagonal across the piece.
  5. One side done!  Repeat with the other side.

     If you're in the Hilo, Hawaii, area on Saturday, May 3, 2014, come to Aunty Sally's Luau Hale from 8 to noon and enjoy all the crafts, foods, and plants for sale as well as the entertainment by local groups.  It's a fun day and I'm really looking forward to it!

Posted on : Apr 30 2014
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