Magical Monochromatic Card!

Aloha, all!


I’ve been busy the past week or so getting ready for my first class featuring the 2018 Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog and the accompanying 2018 Sale-a-Bration Catalog. But I had to stop what I was doing yesterday and make sure I made a card for the new Stampin’ Up! Only Challenge post. As you might have been able to tell from the title of this post, the card is supposed to be a monochromatic card.

Speaking of the new catalogs, this card features one of my favorite stamp sets from the Occasions CatalogMagical Day. At first I thought my favorite image from the set was the Mermaid. But when I started to work on this card – a birthday card for my oldest granddaughter, by the way – I realized that the Unicorn really made me smile. Yes, she lives near an ocean (the Atlantic) as do I (the Pacific). But it doesn’t matter where you are when you start playing with Unicorns!


The color I chose for this card (remember, just one) was blue. But, as you can see, it’s not just one blue. My featured color is Night of Navy, both ink and cardstock. To make a bit of a shadow on the Unicorn, I brushed on a little bit of Soft Sky Stampin’ Write Marker. Then I added the final piece of blue, a strip of paper from the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper set that featured a Night of Navy design.


I did feel that I needed a bit of bling – I think you always need bling when you’re thinking, “magic.” The Myths and Magic Suite of products in the Occasions Catalog does feature some Glimmer Paper. But none of the three colors in that set said much to me when I tried them out here. So off I went to my Annual Catalog stash, and pulled out the Silver Glimmer Paper. Perfect with this card, don’t you think?


This stamp set has a coordinating Framelits Die Set, Magical Mates Framelits Dies. But the curved banner for the sentiment doesn’t fit the whole sentiment. Only the word Magical fits in the framelit. So I cut Magical out, and then made another cut at the top of the beginning of the sentiment to create another banner.


Love this card – and I love all the other cards over at The challenge is open to everyone who’d like to enter a monochromatic project (it doesn’t have to be a card). The only strict requirement is that the project really does have to be “Stampin’ Up! Only.” I hope you’ll join us!

Posted on : Jan 15 2018
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Baby, It’s Cold Outside!

Aloha, all!


As  you undoubtedly know, I live in Hawaii, where we think it’s cold out if we wake up to something less than 60° F. Believe me, I’ve said, “Brrr!” several times this winter!


But nothing brings out the “Brrr” as much as the cold snaps that have been hitting the United States Mainland and Canada this week. So we at the Stampin’ Up! Only Challenge Blog thought that a “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” theme would be just the thing for our first challenge of 2018.

One image in the Stampin’ Up! catalog that always says “Brrr” to me in its native state is the Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. Every time I come across it, I am instantly reminded of what I think of as the scene in Northern Minnesota, looking through the birch trees at nothing but white snow. So you can imagine why this embossing folder was the first thing I thought of when I had to make a project for this challenge.


My first thought was to create a woodland scene with some blue sky and sparkling snow behind the image that the embossing folder makes. But, as I was standing at my work table contemplating how I might attack this design, it occurred to me that, if I used only Whisper White Cardstock that would create just the look I wanted. Another “but” – but that’s kind of boring. So I went back to where I’ve been a lot these past few weeks, the Eclipse Technique.  Hmmm. Now I had to figure out how I was going to accomplish this little project.


Here are the steps that I took. And believe me, I had to stop and make sure I was doing things right at every one of these steps:

  1. Cut letters and the exclamation point from plain Whisper White Cardstock. “Brrr” has one too many Rs, so it’s just “Brr!”
  2. Remove the dies from the cardstock and lay the basic white piece on a flat surface and fit all of the cut pieces back into the main piece.
  3. Take small pieces of an older, retired, Washi Tape (don’t want to waster the current stuff!) and place them on the letters to keep them in place when you lift the cardstock to put it in the embossing folder. The front of this card is my third try, with one of the first tries being when I used large pieces of Washi Tape. Yes, it usually comes off nicely, but not when it’s been pressed into place as it is smashed down by the Sizzix Big Shot inside an embossing folder. Can you say, “ripped paper”?
  4. Place the cut and taped piece into the embossing folder, making sure that the front of the cardstock faces the side which will make the trees pop out from the front of the card. I got Card #2 backwards.
  5. Run the embossing folder through the Big Shot.

After that, the instructions are the same as for any card you make using the Eclipse technique.


For my project, used Marina Mist Cardstock as my background color. I also used Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals instead of the Foam Adhesive Strips that I used in other projects. With the texture, I felt that these little pieces worked better than the strips.


So that’s it! I hope you’ll think about all that cold weather you’re either experiencing or have heard about and join in the newest SUO Challenge!

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Posted on : Jan 02 2018
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Happy New Year!

Aloha, all!


As I write this, it’s just about time for New Year’s Eve parties to be underway on the USA East Coast. Here in Hawaii, it’s mid-afternoon and I’ve just finished my first crafting session of the day. The second session will involve cleaning up all the mess I’ve made from the last several sessions. I really want to start 2018 with a clean craft room. Tomorrow I’ll share a picture of that!


For today, though, I am sharing one of the New Year’s Day cards that I made for some friends at the medical clinic I use. I started this “tradition” for myself back in 2012 when I had a medical issue that required me have blood drawn regularly, and a lot more than I wanted to. The ladies and gentlemen at the clinic did their best that year to make sure I was well taken care of. So I made them a holiday card that ended up hanging on their refrigerator for the whole year. The past couple of years, since I’ve had the Large Numbers Framelits, I’ve made their card as a New Year’s Card. This way, when it hangs on the fridge all year, it’s still somewhat current!

This is a card using the currently-popular “Eclipse” technique. I just recently shared another card with you – my Christmas Card for our grandson, Quin, made with the Large Letters Framelits. This uses the same technique that I described in that post, just with different paper. This paper, Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper, which is retiring with the Stampin’ Up! 2017 Holiday Catalog in just a few days, is just perfect for a New Year’s Card with it’s metallic fireworks design.


I added the word “Celebrate” from the Beautiful You Stamp Set, stamped in Real Red Ink to coordinate with the Real Red Cardstock mat, and then tied all together with a bow of the Real Red 1/8″ Solid Ribbon, also from the Holiday Catalog.  (By the way – the ribbon is NOT retiring. So think of it for Valentine’s Day cards!)


I’ll close with a quick anecdote: I’d just finished this card and needed to go sit down a bit (still recovering from a broken foot and I work standing up). So I opened my iPad and my Facebook App, and there was a card that was almost identical – same paper, same Large Numbers Framelits. There are great minds all over the Stampin’ Up! world today finishing off this paper and making New Year’s cards. I’m sure we’re not the only two!

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Posted on : Dec 31 2017
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Getting Back to Normal!

Aloha, all!


I have had my broken foot out of a boot for over a week, and I am moving around so much better than I have been for the past 3-1/2 months. Yay!


It’s also just about the New Year, with the Christmas Holiday season about over and all my Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog stamps and papers packed away. That means that my Stampin’ Up! craft work is also now back to “normal.” Normal means that there birthdays coming up and I don’t have to put my stamps aside to get to something that’s not holiday-themed. I can just get regular stuff out!


Unfortunately, it’s also the time of the year when I have friends who are getting the flu and bronchitis and even worse (broken legs, heart attacks, yikes!). So it’s not just birthday cards that can get made without interruption, it’s also Get Well cards.


I needed this card to be something of a masculine card as it is for the husband of a friend who recently had a heart attack. Serious stuff, but he’s doing all right and I really wanted him to have a card. When I think about masculine cards, I move away from flowers and go to Dragonflies. They’re so graceful when they’re moving around our garden, and seem to be free to do whatever they want. So that’s pretty much what I want to wish someone with a Get Well card.


With the dragonfly this time, I also wanted something with a musical theme as the gentleman in questions is one of our favorite local musicians. I briefly dragged out my Holiday Catalog paper than had musical notes on it, but it just wasn’t the right kind of musical theme. Then I remembered that I owned the Sheet Music background stamp. Once I got that all figured out, I just needed some sentiments for both the inside and outside of the card. “Get Well Wishes” from the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set worked for the card front, and the “Get Well Soon….” stamp from the Thoughts and Prayers Stamp Set was perfect for the inside.


When it came down to layers, I decided to sponge the edge of the stamped sheet music using Soft Suede Ink, and carried that color through to the mat for both the main layer and the dragonfly as well as to the inked sentiments. For an embellishment, I chose the 3/8″ Basic Black Shimmer Ribbon.  It nicely matches the color of the Basic Black Ink that I used for the Sheet Music stamp. Oh, and rather than just have a plain piece of Soft Suede Cardstock behind the dragonfly, I texturized it using the Pinewood Planks Embossing Folder. I think that made for a nice touch!


I stamped the dragonfly from the Dragonfly Dreams Stamp Set using my new Stampin’ Up! Stamparatus tool. What a time saver this tool is! I only had to stamp this set of 3 images once, and they aligned perfectly. I was perhaps a bit too impatient with the Detailed Dragonflies Thinlits, as I could have been a bit closer with the die-cutting. But I like the way that the Vanilla color on the edge of the dragonfly die-cut coordinates with the Vanilla background of the stamped music.


Here is information for all of the products that I used for this card, EXCEPT FOR THE STAMPARATUS! It will be in the next Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog, beginning in June 2018. BUT it’s also available for you to reserve it early right now if you’d like. The reservation period goes through December 30, 2017. Just click on the link above to the right and click on the button below “Reserve Yours Now!”

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Posted on : Dec 28 2017
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Merry Christmas to Quin!

Aloha, all!


This is the last Christmas Card I’ll be sharing with you this year, but it’s one of the most special. It’s not a Fun Fold or any of those Fancy things. But it is a one-of-a-kind card that I made for a one-of-a-kind kid – our teenage grandson, Quin.  And it’s made using a technique that’s been all over the Internet and the Stampin’ Up! world as well this year – the “Eclipse Technique.” I’ve heard other names for this, and it’s definitely not new. But, with the real honest-to-goodness eclipse that took place during 2017, this name seemed to stick.


If you spend much time on my blog, you know that my particular style of photographing my cards is to have them set at an angle so that you can see that it’s a folded card and not just a wall hanging. But, for this card, shooting the photo straight on gave a much better sense of the technique that the angled card.


But enough of the photography – on to the technique. It’s really quite simple. (1) Figure out which Designer Series Paper or Stamped Image you’re going to use for your card front. (2) Decide on a solid color for your mat (if you’ve got a light design up front, dark is better in the back, and vice versa). (3) Get out your Large Letter or Large Number Framelits dies, and arrange them as you’d like them to appear on the front of your card. I used 4 letters, but 5 is squeezable, especially if one is the letter “I” or the number one. With 4 letters, one of which was an I, I could spread these out a little bit. (Hint for the next week or so – 2 0 1 8 works wonderfully!) (4) Remove the letters from the paper and adhere the printed paper or stamped layer to the mat so that the color shows through the letters. (5) Finally, apply some Foam Adhesive Strips on the back of the letters and adhere them over their spots on the image. (6) SPECIAL step for letters with a central cut-out area, such as A, B, D, O, P and Q, and the numerals 4, 6, 8 and zeroDon’t pop the center pieces up with the foam strips. Instead, when the rest of the letter is popped up, adhere those center pieces flat onto the paper. Check out the Q in this project.


While Quin is not having the best year (that happens with teenagers quite a lot!), he’s still close to our hearts, and we look forward to his receiving this card, made especially for him!


Posted on : Dec 22 2017
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Almost to the Last of My Christmas Cards!

Aloha, all!


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


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


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


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


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



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

Aloha, all!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Posted on : Dec 11 2017
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My Favorite Christmas Colors!

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     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.




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Posted on : Dec 04 2017
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A Fun Fold For Christmas!

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     Today was my monthly card-making class, and the theme was "Fun Folds." Today I'm sharing one of the cards with you. Even better, next week I'll be sharing the tutorial for this fun fold with those on my newsletter list. My class attendees loved this and I know you'll enjoy making it too.


     What a cute use for the fun (the word of the day) Smitten Mittens Stamp Set and the so very well coordinated paper from the Be Merry Designer Series Paper Set. But I think that this picture of the card showing the inside is even cuter:

     And, to complete the full picture of what the card looks like in real life:

     The only time consuming part of this card's construction was stamping and cutting the little pieces from the Stamp Set using the Many Mittens Framelits Dies. But the outcome is so worth it. Of course, I'll be sending this card to someone special for sure. Now just to figure out who it will be? Maybe one of my Stampin' Up! downline???

     Here are the products I used for this project. Just click on any of them to check them out in my very own Stampin' Up! Store!


Posted on : Nov 20 2017
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Thankful for Stampin’ Blends!

Aloha, all!

     Two events have crossed paths in my Craft Room this first week in November, and today I get to talk about them both!

     FIRST – It's, once again, time for the biweekly Stampin' Up! Only Challenge. The theme for this month of Thanksgiving in the United States is, "Thankful." I truly love making greeting cards with Fall colors, and our Thanksgiving time provides the perfect occasion for many types of cards.

     SECOND – We're in the first week of offering Stampin' Up!'s newest product – Stampin' Blends – for sale. These are Stampin' Up!'s newest and best alcohol markers that coordinate with Stampin' Up! colors. Over to the right there's a link to a page with much more information about these wonderful projects. Stampin' Up! demonstrators have had them already for several weeks and we're just having a blast with them. It makes coloring projects so easy to shade.

     That's how I came to have this particular card, colored with Stampin' Blends for the new SUO Challenge!

     Last year I made quite a few cards using this beautiful basket of gourds from the Basket of Wishes Stamp Set. But this year I could actually shade them much better, including adding several colors that blend together so well (thus the markers are called Stampin' BLENDS!).

     Here is a sample of the colors that I used for this project as I started designing this card.

     Once I finished coloring the basket, I decided to use one of the papers from the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack as a mat for the colored-in stamped image as well as the sentiment, from the same stamp set. After that I just matted it with the Pumpkin Pie and Old Olive Cardstock, both colors in the stamped image, tie them with some of the Jute Twine that's in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog, and mount it all on a Whisper White Cardbase. I have to tell you that that was just about the ugliest card I have made in years. Oh, I've made some doozies. But this one just took the cake. I have no idea what I was thinking when I just lined all those images up on a matted card. So, no, that's not what you see on this page.

     What you do see on this page is the central design that I rescued from the less than wonderful card. I had to lighten up and bit and make the card a lot more interesting if I was going to show it off anywhere buy in my craft room (even then I might have hid it somewhere). So I found a lovely Old Olive Print in the Petal Garden Designer Series Paper Stack. When I went looking for something else to add to the layering, I finally found what I really wanted and that was a bit of bling for the design – Gold!  I first added one of the Gold Foil Snowflakes from the Stampin' Up! 2017 Holiday Catalog

     For my second piece of gold, I got out my Gold Metallic Thread and played around with it a bit trying to make it work between the two stamped elements on the card front. Then I remembered all the cording I had made when I used to do counted thread work, and made some gold cording out of the thread. For those of you who make cording, I used three 30" pieces of the thread, folded the group in half and twisted the threads until it was a fairly lightly-wound cord. I let it fold back on itself. It was plenty long to be able to wrap in around to the back of the stamped layer and the wood print paper and adhere it in the back.

     Once I added the stamped layers to the card using Stampin' Dimensionals, I added several Gold sequins from the Metallic Sequins Assortment.

     This card is SOOO much better than the original. And, no, I didn't photograph that one before I started. It just wasn't worth a photograph. But the stamped and colored design was definitely worth keeping. I'll be sharing some more projects with Stampin' Blends later this week, with a bit more information about our best new product for this fall (my humble opinion).

     Here are the products I feature in this project. Let me know if I can answer any questions about any of them – and even the Stampin' Blends!


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Posted on : Nov 06 2017
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