My Favorite Christmas Colors!

Aloha, all!

     After several weeks of making Christmas Cards, I'm just about ready to start making some cards with colors that are outside of the range of my favorites. So it's fitting that the Stampin' Up! Only Challenge this time is to share a project (card or other paper-crafted project) that shows off my favorite Holiday colors.

     Since my childhood, Red and Green have been my favorites. No matter what time of the year it is, when I see Red and Green together, I'm reminded of Christmas. A red rose with green leaves in June – Christmas. The Manila Palms in my front yard have large, bright red seeds in their inflourescence, and that reminds me of Christmas no matter when they happen. Hey, even others nicknamed the palm the "Christmas Palm."

     For my Stampin' Up! Christmas Cards, I've either used Garden Green and Real Red (with the Christmas Quilt Suite) or Garden Green and Cherry Cobbler (the colors in the Be Merry Designer Series Paper). It's this latter set of colors that I picked for today's SUO Challenge Project. And it's a fun "Fun Fold"!

     This pattern is called a "Tri Shutter Card." I'm not sure why it's "tri" as there are 4 folds and 5 panels. So I'm guessing that it's the 3 strips from left to right that give it its name I could not find a specific pattern I liked for a very specific reason. I like to make cards that use 8-1/2" x 11" cardstock. The main reason is that I conduct card-making classes, and sometimes it's a pain in the neck to find enough 12" square sheets of cardstock of the same color to make my samples as well as provide cardstock for the whole class. The smaller sheets comes in packs of all one color, so that makes using them a lot easier. So this card is made with 8-1/2" x 11" cardstock AND the finished card fits into a standard A2-sized envelope, such as the medium envelopes sold by Stampin' Up! 

     Now back to the Red and Green. This is one of the many cards I've made lately with the Be Merry Designer Series Paper that can be found in the Stampin' Up! 2017-2018 Annual Catalog. There are so many pretty designs in this set, and I'm so glad to have been able to use them in so many different ways. But this is the first card that's allowed me to use FIVE different patterns from the paper as primary layers. The Happy Christmas greeting is from another product from the Annual Catalog, the Oh, What Fun Stamp Set, as is the Oh, What Fun stamp on the back panel. The cross-stitch style stamps are from the Smitten Mittens Stamp Set, from the Holiday Catalog. Unhappily, this stamp set and its coordinating framelits will be retiring after the Holiday Catalog sales period ends. But I've certainly enjoyed using it this year, especially with the coordinating sheet in the Be Merry paper set!

     For those of you on my newsletter mailing list, I'll be including a tutorial for this card in next week's newsletter, along with Year-End sale updates.

 

 

 


Posted on : Dec 04 2017
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Halloween’s Over – But Not These Products!

Aloha, all!

     I really do like the Spooky Night Designer Series Paper, as well as the Patterned Pumpkins Thinlits Dies that are in the Stampin' Up! 2017 Holiday Catalog. And you just have to know that they're not just for Halloween! There are some beautiful designs with Fall Colors in that paper set, and pumpkins will take us all the way to the USA's Thanksgiving at the end of this month. So I'll be using both quite a bit when I have the time for non-Christmas projects over the next few weeks.

     Today's project is a set of Bookmarks that I made last week for my (very large) book club. I really wanted to go to the Book Club Meeting this month as it was being hosted by a friend whose house is right on the ocean, and it was such a gorgeous day. But I'm kind of stuck in a wheelchair for at least the next couple of weeks, and getting up to her second story which is the main part of her house was just not in the cards for me.

     For these bookmarks, I really did run an assembly line operation. I cut out as many pieces of paper and cardstock as I could at one time with the Sizzix Big Shot and the Thinlits Set.  The basic layers for the bookmarks were all rectangles, so they were easy to cut using my Stampin' Trimmer. Once all the pieces were ready to assemble, the gluing pretty much went on assembly line style, too. I glued everything except for the starred pumpkin image using Multipurpose Adhesive. For the pumpkins, the last pieces that I added to the bookmarks, I used the new Mini Stampin' Dimensionals.

     Now I wonder what else I'm going to do with the last bit of paper I have from the Spooky Night set. Oooh, I haven't yet cut out pumpkins from the pumpkin sheet. Did you know that the Thinlits will cut those out perfectly, too? I may have to make something to take to Thanksgiving Dinner!

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Posted on : Nov 01 2017
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Happy Halloween – Part 2!

Aloha, all!

     And Happy Halloween to all of you who enjoy this fun, but sometimes spooky, celebration.

     Yesterday's card featured the Stampin' Up! Cat Punch, and so does today's!

     But the background for this card is somewhat different from yesterday's, especially in that there's not much in the way of Designer Series Paper except for the two cats that I punched out.

     You might remember a Halloween card I shared last month in which I used the same background as I did for this card. I had requests from my regular class attendees to feature a couple of cards for this class using the Cat Punch. There were requests for the other two cards for that class, too, so I figured I'd just reuse the shaded brick idea as they'd not used it in class for a long, long time.

     The bricks come from using the Brick Wall Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. It's amazing how many different looks this design can have in a card. But I think coloring the folder by sponging Pumpkin Pie Ink onto the folder before running the cardstock through it gives it a more "spooky" feeling, especially when I carried the sponging to the edges of the brick wall layer, too.

     We saw the black cat yesterday, and the orange cat is also printed in the same sheet of Designer Series Paper from the Spooky Night Set as is the black cat.

     Another new set of products in this card is the Labels to Love Stamp Set, which also has Christmas and Valentine's stamps in it, along with the new Everyday Label Punch. Once I finished putting the card together, I went searching for some sequins to use, not really sure what I'd find in my stash. Durned if I didn't find the Metallics Sequin Assortment in a drawer in my Craft Room – and there are black sequins in that set! Who would have thunk it!

     I'm obviously getting punchy, so I'll sign off for now. But don't forget to check back tomorrow when I'll feature one more project using the Spooky Night Designer Series Paper set, and it will NOT be a Halloween project, per se.

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Posted on : Oct 31 2017
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Happy Halloween – Part 1!

Aloha, all!

     As Halloween has approached, I haven't done much in the way of card-making because I'm still dealing with the repercussions of having a broken foot. That means that I've pretty much been concentrating on making my Christmas Cards because I may be out of commission for a while in late Fall if I have to have surgery. And Christmas cards HAVE to be handmade for the most part to get into the mail from this house!

     But – I made some Halloween cards earlier in the season for my monthly card-making class, and today and tomorrow I'll share two of them with you.

     Both of these cards feature the Stampin' Up! Cat Punch, and both punched images are taken straight from the Spooky Night Designer Series Paper set. I love it when Stampin' Up! coordinates products for us like that!

     Not only is the cat from the Designer Series Paper set, but so are the rest of the Designer Papers on the card front. The spooky tree in front of the moon (thus "spooky night") is a 3" square cut out of one of the other sheets in the set. I love how the cat looks sitting in front of that spooky scene. In fact, one of the people in the class adhered her cat so that it looked like it was sitting on the trees branch. Very spooky, indeed!

     The two striped pieces of paper are designs that, while they're in the Halloween paper set, can be used all through the Fall, and I'll be doing that, as I'll show you on Wednesday morning.

     The Halloween embellishments this year are lots of fun, too. I especially love the Vintage Crochet Trim that I've tied into a bow on the card front. The "happy halloween" sentiment is from the oldie but goodie Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set, and I punched it out using the Classic Label Punch.

     I'm sure you can believe that tomorrow's card will also feature the Cat Punch (I do love cats). But the card is not at all like this one!  So check back on Halloween!

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Posted on : Oct 30 2017
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Christmas Treats!

Aloha, all!

     Once again it's time for the biweekly Stampin' Up! Only Challenge at SUOChallenges.com. This time, as we're headed inexorably towards Halloween, the challenge is Treat themed. But, while I do enjoy making Halloween cards, I do not have any stamp sets that feature Trick or Treat or even any kind of Halloween Treat. So I decided to look forward to Christmas. I am a bit short on Christmas treats, too. But I do have the very delicious-looking Gingerbread Man from the Cookie Cutter Christmas Stamp Set.

     Last year I made myself a note and stuck it into this stamp set reminding me that Soft Suede Ink was the best color to mimic the color of Gingerbread for this set. So Soft Suede it is for this card. But my favorite part of this card, which I could not have made last year, was being able to stamp a little strip of mini Gingerbread men for the top and bottom of this card front. These little cuties are from the new Iconic Christmas Stamp Set. When I first saw this stamp set, I wasn't sure that it was something that I wanted to tackle – too many little parts! On the other hand, the next few times I looked at the set in the catalog, I realized that I could have a lot of fun with those little images, even if I didn't stamp the big tree that's the featured image. Sure enough, those two little Gingerbread men were just perfect for this card.

     To make the line of minis, I mounted both the outline and the filled-in stamps on one small stamp block (B block). Then I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to place them on the Whisper White Cardstock that I used for the front of the card. By the way, I stamped the three strips of Gingerbread people on three separate pieces of cardstock because I wasn't entirely sure where I was going with this card. Once I figured it out, I figured I could just stamp everyone on one piece of cardstock and mount that onto the Real Red and Garden Green Cardstock, before mounting the whole grouping onto the card base.

     The ribbon is the Quilted Christmas 1/4" Ribbon. I used that for the "bow tie" for the middle large Gingerbread Man that I punched out using the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch. The bow ties for the other two images also were punched out using the punch and some Real Red Cardstock.

     If you'd like to try to recreate this card, the stamped Whisper White cardstock layer is 5-1/4" wide by 4" high, which is a pretty standard measurement for this kind of layer. Just stamp the minis very close to the top and bottom edges and then center the larger Gingerbreads between the two rows of minis.

     Here are the products that I used for this project. It's definitely neither too early nor too late to buy these products to make your own Sweet Treat Christmas Card! You can get to my personal Stampin' Up! webpage by clicking on any of the icons below. There you can find out more about any of these products and purchase them all if you'd like. My hostess code for October is P6YZS2N6. Enter it when you first start your order and you may be one of my customers who receives a surprise crafting gift in November! If you are going to order $150 or more, please do not use this hostess code, but just be sure to collect your Stampin' Rewards when you complete your order! Call me if you have any questions or concerns!

 


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Posted on : Oct 23 2017
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Stampin’ Up! Only Challenges – A Blast From the Past!

Aloha, all!

     As the current challenge at the SUO Challenge Blog is a celebration of its 7th Anniversary, we've chosen the theme, "A Blast From The Past," to celebrate! What I did for my Design Team Entry in this challenge is to recreate the very first project that I made as a member of the Design Team back in 2011.

     And here's the project that I made for that first challenge:

     I definitely remember when I created this card – and a couple of similar cards – back in 2011. At that time we had in our Stampin' Up! Catalog some of the old original Sizzix Circle Dies. These are thick dies that could cut through lots of layers of paper, cardstock, fabric and other materials. I loved them! I used the 3-1/2" and 3" circle dies for the larger circel. Then I had a 2-1/2" Circle Punch that I used for the mat in the smaller group. And finally I had to use the Circle Scissors Punch to make the stamped circle. My goodness – all those products!

     But in today's project, all I had to do was get out my Layering Circles Framelits to make ALL the circles! After that, the process for making the card was probably about the same as I made the 2011 card. I texturized the top background layer, this time with the Layered Leaves 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. I stamped a sentiment, this time with the Thank You from the Rose Wonder Stamp Set, and added some Pear Pizzazz Enamel Shapes, though not as many as the Rhinestones in the 2011 card. But that was a wedding card, and today's card is a simple Thank You card.

     The color that I chose to accent this card was Peekaboo Peach, which is one of the colors in the Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper sheet that I used for the front layer in the larger circle set. Peekaboo Peach is one that you'll see me use a lot this fall, including the Peekaboo Peach 5/8" Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon, which is so much fun to tie into a bow!

     It really was fun going back to see what I was doing 6 years ago, and I'm sure that the other members of the SUO Challenges Design Team had fun with their projects. Be sure to visit the SUO Challenge Blog and see what they made with this theme – and maybe you'll be inspired to create your own "Blast from the Past" project and enter it in the challenge. There's blog candy this time at the Challenge Blog!

     Here are the products that I used in the project with the current products. Of course the Whisper White Cardstock is not only still around, it's still got the same product number that it's had for years and years!

 


Posted on : Aug 28 2017
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Next Month is Autumn???

Aloha, all!

     Here we and much of the rest of the United States are under heat advisories. And yet I just looked at next month's calendar and saw the phrase, "First Day of Autumn," right there in black and white!!! Yikes (with more exclamation points).

     The good news for me and my stamping friends, though, is that this means we get into a season of special papers and colors that provide so much fresh crafting opportunities. Yes, I'm still working on using all the goodies that I ordered from Stampin' Up!'s Annual Catalog. But I am so excited to have received my first pre-order of products from the upcoming Stampin' Up! 2017 Holiday Catalog!

     The flowers and leaves in this card are from the gorgeous new stamp set, Painted Harvest. I could hardly wait to try it out and I definitely couldn't wait to show it off to you.

     These flowers really do look to me as if they've been watercolored – or "painted." But the petals are two different stamps, with variegated texture. For this card, I used Crushed Curry Ink for the base stamp and Peekaboo Peach for the top stamp. I had the stamps in my hands and I still cannot believe how those two colors blended together so well to create these flowers! I used Chocolate Chip Ink for the center of the flowers, adding just a touch of Peekaboo Peach or Crushed Curry to the centers to add a tinge of color.

     I found the leaves equally magic in the way they turned out after I used Wild Wasabi Ink for the base and Old Olive for the top stamped layer. And, while I "fussy cut" the center flower (adhered with Stampin' Dimensionals), I punched the leaves with the brand new Leaf Punch made to go with this set (but so useful otherwise, too!). The stamp set and punch will be offered as a bundle at 10% off the price of the two products if purchased separately.

     Current products that I used for this project include the luscious 1/4" Copper Trim that I tied into a bow, and the Copper Foil that I used as one of the mats for the stamped layer. The sentiment is from the Thoughts and Prayers Stamp Set. In the product grid following this post, I included a link to the Clear Mount version of this stamp as, whenever it's possible, I purchase only clear mount or photopolymer stamps – such space savers! But I've owned this stamp set for so long that, not only was it around before there were Clear Mount Stamps Sets, it was around when Stampin' Up! was still selling some stamp sets that had to be double-mounted on wood. But the set still works beautifully, so I'm definitely not replacing it!

     Unfortunately, I had to use this stamp set for the first time for a sympathy card for a colleague of my husband whose own husband just died today. But I know that this card will be especially appreciated as it was made just for her. I try to have some sympathy cards in my stash. But when someone is close, I feel better if I create something just for her.

     These are the current products that I used in this project. All can be ordered whenever you'd like.

 


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Posted on : Aug 10 2017
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If Life Gives You Lemons….

Aloha, all!

     The good thing for me is that life doesn't make a habit of giving me lemons!  But I was quite happy to see the wonderful Lemon Zest Stamp Set appear in the newest Stampin' Up! Catalog. What fun it has been playing with that set and the punches that coordinate so well with it. It also had meant that, finally, I am making good use of my long-neglected Crushed Curry Ink.

     Once I decided to use this set, and to make the lemons the color of Crushed Curry, I had to decide which green I wanted to use to coordinate. After some trial and error, I found that I really liked Old Olive Ink for the lemon leaves and the cardstock accent color. The next step was to decide on which of the many crushed current Designer Series Papers I would use for this project. When I narrowed my choice down to two of the sheets from the Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack, I couldn't decide whether to use the light or darker sheet. So – of course! – I used both! The technique of taking two sheets of paper or cardstock and turning one slightly one way and the other in the other direction is not one I've used a lot. But it really works nicely here, I think.

     The sentiments in this stamp set are a lot of fun to use, and they're very definitely of the mix-and-match variety. I chose the two in this card just because I love the word Zest. It just makes me feel perky, whether I'm in the kitchen zesting a piece of citrus, or in my craft room looking at this stamp set! I stamped the two sections of the sentiment on one piece of cardstock, and notched it on one end using with the Banner Triple Punch.

     Using punches was the theme of the day with this card. I used the new Lemon Builder Punch to punch both the full lemon and the leaves after I had stamped them with the Curry and Olive colors. Then I stamped two of the "slices" and punched those out using the 1-3/4" Circle Punch. for which these slices were designed. Perfect!

     After I adhered all the layers and punched pieces together, I tied it all together with a knot made of the new Old Olive 3/8" Mini Chevron Ribbon, and then sprinkled some Crushed Curry Enamel Shapes from the Regals Collection of the enamel shapes. I adhered it all to a card base made of Whisper White Thick Cardstock. Love that thick cardstock for a card base – and now we have Very Vanilla for that, too! More about that in a future post.

     Meanwhile, you might well be interested in some of these products. So here's a list. Click on any of the pictures and you'll be taken directly to my very own Stampin' Up! Online Store where you can learn more about the products as well as buy them when you're ready! One thing that you'll notice is that the Lemon Zest Stamp Set can be bundled with the Lemon Builder Punch with a 10% discount for buying them together in a bundle. Definitely a deal!

 


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Posted on : Jun 13 2017
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An Early Birthday Card for My Husband!

Aloha, all!

     At the end of next week, my husband will celebrate his 75th birthday. That's a big one as far as I'm concerned. Actually, at our age, every birthday is a big one! But from now on, any that ends in a 5 or a 0 will get extra special treatment. Extra special in the case of Harry's birthday card is one that's made with the popular Pop Up Twist design. (OK – everyone I know calls is the "Twist Pop Up" card. But I just like the way it rolls off my tongue when I say, "Pop Up Twist."

     This is also the day that the Stampin' Up! Only Challenge group starts its next challenge, which is to make a Masculine style card. No frou-frou or flowers this time! But that doesn't mean that it can't be a really nice card, and I think that this one is!

     As with most of my recent cards, I made today's project using a retiring set of Designer Series Paper. Yep, just one retiring product – the Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper. And wouldn't you know that it's already beyond retired – it's gone! Don't forget – even though it might still be on a page in your catalog, if it's retiring, it could run out soon! So don't hesitate to order something you might really like! Order at my Stampin' Up! Online Store!

     To decorate the front of the card, I used the Balloon Celebration Stamp Set to stamp the "strings" and three solid balloon in the background. Then I punched balloons from the Designer Series Paper using the Balloon Bouquet Punch. I adhered two of them using SNAIL adhesive and two using Stampin' Dimensionals to pop them up a bit.

     For the inside of the card, after I'd adhered two sheets of paper to the top and bottom, I stamped the "Look Who's Turning" and "Happy Birthday" using stamps from the Number of Years Stamp Set. For the Pop Up section, I stamped two more balloons – this time just the outlines – on the two center sections. Then I die cut the 7 and 5 using the Designer Series Paper and the Large Number Framelits die set. I cut the two hearts using the heart shape in the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits set. That's all I put on this as you really need to keep the layers in the folded section a bit on the flat side so that the card will close cleanly.

     I debated adding some embellishments onto the front of the card. But my final decision was not to as I think this card has enough interest with its Pop Up feature. And those balloons on the front are in three different layers, and that seems to add a bit of interest.

     I hope that you like this idea for a masculine card and will try either this or some other design to enter into the Stampin' Up! Only Challenge this time. It runs through June 3rd, and that's actually my husband's birthday. We're going on a short vacation to celebrate, and I know he'll love this card. If you'd like to try out this Pop Up Twist technique, I highly recommend the Split Coast Stampers website. The video there was definitely helpful!

     Here are the products I used for this project. All of these products are in the current Stampin' Up! Catalogs AND will be in the upcoming 2017-2018 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog!

    


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Posted on : May 22 2017
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New Stampin’ Up! Catalogs Are Here!

Aloha, all!

     I just finished packing up a bunch of new 2017-2018 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogs for mailing to my customers. Yay for me getting them done a couple of weeks before they "go live"! I've included several helpful inserts with each catalog, of course. But I also couldn't resist making a note card to go with each one!

     I got quite a way into my envelope stuffing before I realized that I'd not taken a photo of the little 3" x 3" cards – but I think this grouping makes a nice picture, don't you? What's especially nice about these cards is that I used 3 brand new products in putting them together: There's the super-lovely Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper, the Daffodil Delight 1/4" Double-Stitched Ribbon, and a bit of the new Tranquil Tide Ink that I used to stamp the sentiment from the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set.

     The Delightful Daisy paper set has some gorgeous designs, but this side of this sheet is almost my favorite. I promise to get out my absolute favorite sheet to show off before too long. The Double-Stitched Ribbon will come in 3 colors: Blushing Bride and Cherry Cobbler, besides the Daffodil Delight. As you can see from the photo, the stitching on one side is a cross-stitched 'X' and the other side has a double running stitch. This is what two different sides of my cross-stitching looks like when I make a row of 'X's, and it makes both sides fun to work with. It's also fun to tie a bow. Now, I could have sworn I tied every bow the same way as I was doing it off the spool. But, as you can see, the bows turned out differently. It doesn't matter, though, because the patterns are so much fun.

     Besides the new products, I turned to my favorite sentiment stamp set, Teeny Tiny Wishes, for the sentiment and the Modern Label Punch to punch it out of the Whisper White Cardstock on which it was stamped.

     So – I've used up my supply of catalogs for the moment. But I would be happy to order some more and get one out to you if you're not one of my current customers. All you have to do is to change that non-customer status and place an order of $50 or more before the end of June, and I'll send a catalog off to you FREE! This means you can order now from the 2016-2017 Stampin' Up! Catalog (click on the "Current Stampin' Up! Catalogs" picture over on the right) or from the upcoming 2017-2018 Stampin' Up! Catalog when it is published June 1st. I'll have a link to an online copy of the catalog in the same spot on the right when it's published!

     For those of you who are already my customers, you should get your catalog in your mail box next week. If you don't, be sure to let me know!

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Posted on : May 12 2017
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