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.


Posted on : Dec 11 2017
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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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A Fun Fold For Christmas!

Aloha, all!

     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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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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A Favorite from the Holiday Catalog!

Aloha, all!

     With that kind of a greeting, how would it be possible for me have as a favorite from the 2017 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog anything other than A Beachy Little Christmas! With a tree decorated with seashells, a Palm Tree sporting Christmas lights, a Crab in the sand carrying some mistletoe (or maybe some other greenery), or a Beach Shack with a fun Surf Board, this stamp set just cries, "Hawaii"! Well, there are Floridians and Californians and others who claim this stamp set as "theirs." But for today, it's mine!

     This is one of the cards that I made for my monthly card-making class, which happened to be yesterday afternoon. Several of my local customers have purchased this set (well, I can says its "theirs," too, I guess, as they're here in Hawaii with me) and one of them sweet talked me into doing a whole class featuring this stamp set. As the week goes on, I'll share some more of the cards we made in the class – all so different from one another, but from the same stamp set – and no others.

     I first tried my hand at coloring in the images on this card using Stampin' Up!'s Stampin' Write Markers. But they were just a tad too dark and the line art in the images was hidden by the colors. Instead, I broke out my blender pens and colored everything in a bit more lightly. The only exception to this was the little crab (or is she a lobster?) which I colored in using full-strength markers.

     Here are the products I used to make this card. I'd love to have you buy any of them from me – even the Beachy Little Christmas Stamp Set, no matter where you live!

 


Posted on : Oct 09 2017
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Fun With the Quilt Builder Framelits Never Ends!

Aloha, all!

     Last week I had a class in my Craft Room and one of my customers had asked me to demonstrate the new Quilt Builder Framelits. These Framelits are part of the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog Quilted Christmas Suite of products. We were sure that we could make some fun quilt projects without having to get into Christmas Cards in our classes quite yet. So that's where we started out. The following photo shows just a part of where we ended up!

     Sure, you can make just one quilt card using the fun Framelits. But when you make them as we did, there are lots of pieces left over! We wanted to have one color for the frame and two coordinating colors and/or patterns for the four different shapes inside the frame. That's easy! You just cut a large square of each and start mixing and matching!

     But then – there are all kinds of left over pieces AND at least two left over frames. We couldn't waste those, could we??? So our came some more card bases and off we went to put the rest of the pieces together in different groupings. As we all had chosen different colors with which to start, you can just imagine how this progressed. I cannot tell you how happy I was that this project was the last of the four for this class! We spent an extra hour trying to get all the pieces used up – and I still have two frames and two sets of triangles and squares left, along with two different colors of the parallelograms.

     Do you know what the best part about this whole operation was (besides that we got a lot more cards than we bargained for)? It was that we'd followed someone's advice to use Sizzix Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets for this die before we cut any papers or cardstock. So, yes, all those spare pieces have adhesive backing on them and are ready to go only a card – unless I just toss them in the trash can first! Hey, enough is enough!!!

     Here are the products I used for projects. We actually made each card without a sentiment adhered to it so that we could use one of our choice when the opportunity to send one arose. Good idea, don't you think?

 


Posted on : Sep 25 2017
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Autumn Colors!

Aloha, all!

     I cannot begin to tell you how busy I've been the past week or so – and it's going to continue into this coming week. After that I do believe that life should slow down a bit. I had a summer-long commitment with one volunteer organization and an early fall commitment with one another, and wouldn't you know they overlapped during the first two weeks of September. Yikes, I'm really going to try not to let that happen again!

     But that never stops me from participating in the biweekly Stampin' Up! Only Challenge Design Team, and the new challenge starts today!

     I actually made this project for a greeting card swap that I joined at the beginning of August. These products weren't available for you to order – and have fun with! – back then. But they're definitely available now! And now, of course, is the time to start making Halloween Cards if you send a few of those out to your friends and family. I love to send them, because they are so unexpected, but so much fun to make!

     The stamp set that I used for this project is Merry Cafe. The images I used are the stamped words on the coffee cup as well as the little spider web up in the corner. They are just SOOO cute – and there are others in the stamp set, too! For the cup, which I made with the Coffee Cup Framelits set, I used a design from the Spooky Night Designer Series Paper set. I also found those fun witch hats in that paper set, and cut them out by hand before adhering them to the card with some Stampin' Dimensionals. The final fun accents on the central set of images are those fun Black Rhinestone Jewels. Those really added to the fun of making this card!

     The background was fun, too. Now we really get into my favorite Autumn Colors and the SUO Challenge. Pumpkin Pie and Cajun Craze are my go-to and definitely favorite Autumn Colors in the Stampin' Up! Collection. To make the top background layer, I got out my Brick Wall Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and inked up the raised side of the folder with a Stamping Sponge and some Pumpkin Pie Ink. Then I ran a piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock through the Sizzix Big Shot with the embossing folder and what a fun, almost spooky, look resulted! Note that this was the very first card I made for this multi-card swap. Once I saw it finished, I made one change, and that was to sponge not only the Pumpkin Pie layer, but also the brick wall textured layer. Boy, did that made a good difference!

     Finally, I layered everything up, first on a layer of Cajun Craze Cardstock and then a layer of Pumpkin Pie Cardstock, before adding it all to a card base made up of Thick Very Vanilla Cardstock.

     SOOO much fun! Here are the main products I used in this card. I do hope you'll think about buying one or two of them to help you with your own Halloween Cards! Just click on any of the icons below and you'll be whisked away to my very own Stampin' Up! store where you can purchase any of them!

 


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Posted on : Sep 11 2017
Posted under Challenges, Sizzix, Stampin' Up! Tools, Stamping, SUO Challenges |

Happy Birthday, Becky!

Aloha, all – and especially Becky!

     My friend, Becky, is having a special birthday today. Yesterday I attended a girls' afternoon out Birthday Party for Becky. Of course, as I know she loves paper crafting, I had to make note cards for her.

     As I'm sure those of you who know what's what in the Stampin' Up! Catalog will know that there are some old and non-Stampin' Up! features of this project. But this set of note cards is what I wanted to make, so off I went with the products I had on hand!

     I love this set of current Stampin' Up! papers with all these lovely pastel colors. The Sweet Sugarplum, Calypso Coral, Old Olive and Pool Party colored prints are from the Petal Party Designer Series Paper Stack. The sheets are 6" x 6" and there are 4 of each sheet. There are 8 other double-sided designs in this stack. I've seen a lot of the "other" side of these papers in projects online, but I really like the single color prints!

     Here's a close up of one of the cards so that you can see not only the print, but also how I used a brand-new Textured Impressions Embossing Folder to enhance the look of the note cards.

     This is the Sweel Sugarplum Print, and is the same print that I used in the other cards. What I'd like you to see in this close-up photo is the new Quilt Top Textured Impressions Embossing Folder design. It really does look like quilted stitching and really makes these cards look so much more detailed than they really are!

     The initial in the center of the Whisper White Cardstock circles is the retired Stampin' Up! Thinlit set, Little Letters. This is one set that I have not been able to get rid of because it's so useful for cards and other projects that require letters. I cut the letter out of the same designer series paper as in the background for each of the cards in this set. For the circle, I cut one circle from the Stitched Shapes Framelits set and one from the Layering Circles Framelits set and adhered them together for a little bit more texture.

     The non-Stampin' Up! product is the Whisper White frame around the inside of the Designer Series Paper layer. I've had a set of these for a couple of years and enjoy using them for cards such as these. I'm still crossing my fingers that Stampin' Up! will come up with some rectangular stitched frames for use to show off to you and my customers! Meanwhile, I'll use what's available otherwise.

     Anyway, Happy Birthday again, Becky! I hope your next 10 years are as wonderful as the last 10 years that's I've known you!

     Here are the current Stampin' Up! products that I used in this project – and they're available for you to purchase by clicking on any of the pictures to go to my personal Stampin' Up! store!

 


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Posted on : Sep 03 2017
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The Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog is Here!

Aloha, all!

     This is almost my favorite time of the Stampin' Up! year – when the Holiday Catalog goes lives and I get to start planning for cards and gifts for the Fall and Winter Holidays! If I bought whatever I personally wanted from this catalog, my wallet would be in serious trouble. But, as I haven't the space for all that wonderful stuff and since I don't have that much time to be blogging and sharing what I do, I've managed to keep myself in check!

     For today, this is my favorite product suite in the 2017 Holiday Catalog. It's also the FIRST product suite in the book, and I've already got my hot little hands on all of it! But I don't know where to start.

     OK, I'll start with the Christmas Quilt Bundle. The bundle consists of the Christmas Quilt Stamp Set and the Quilt Builder Framelits Dies. For this project, I used only the dies to create that fun quilt block. The best part of this project is that you can use any quilting color combo you'd like, so this does NOT have to be a Christmas project! And it's so easy to cut and reassemble all those little pieces when you first adhere the cardstock or paper you're going to use to a piece of Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets. I'm glad I have a good sized stash of those sheets as I'm going to be making a lot of my personal Christmas Cards with this suite of products!

     There are two other features of this suite that I just have to point out. First is the "stitching" on the quilt square. That's made with a die from the Framelits set that just makes those stitching lines and doesn't cut through anything. Fabulous feature! The second is the stitched quilting on the background layer made which is a piece of Quilted Christmas 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper. The quilting stitches are made with new Quilt Top Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. Is that fun or what?!

     Finally, the ribbon – it's the brand new Quilted Christmas 1/4" Ribbon. Attached to it is a simple "Merry Christmas" greeting from the oldie-but-goodie Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set.

     Here's a Stampin' Up! Video about this fun new product suite. I hope you enjoy learning more about this and will be as quick to order some of the new products as I've been!

     Click on any of these pictures to go to my own personal Stampin' Up! store to learn even more about the products!


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Posted on : Sep 01 2017
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