Stampin’ Blends Available for New Demonstrators!

Aloha, all!

     If you follow Stampin' Up! trends on social media, I'm sure you're heard that Stampin' Up! has finally developed a great new set of alcohol markers which they have named, Stampin' Blends. For now – until October 15th, which is coming up soon – only Demonstrators are permitted to order these products, and even then only one of each set of colors. The good news is that, if you've considered joining Stampin' Up! as a demonstrator, whether to start a business or to get discounts for your hobby purchases, you can order Stampin' Blends as part of your Starter Kit. Without exception, everyone who has ever signed up as a downline with me already had a good stash of Stampin' Up! products in their own craft rooms, and filled their Starter Kit with new fun products they'd put off buying for one reason or another.

     The Stampin' Blends are definitely one good reason. I waited until I received them and played around with them for a while before I decided that I'd be happy to recommend them to my readers and customers. And when they're released for general purchase, I'll recommend them again. But for now the focus is on those of you who might be considering joining Stampin' Up! as a demonstrator and want to have the newest product available – the Stampin' Blends. The cards above are a part of the kit mentioned in the following section, and the flowers are colored with the Light and Dark Pink Pirouette Stampin' Blends Markers.

     All it takes for you to become a demonstrator is for you to place an order for $125 worth of products for which YOU PAY ONLY $99! And there is no shipping fee, either. Taxes depend on where you reside in the United States. To receive all of the Stampin' Blends, including a Light and Dark marker for each of 12 Stampin' Up! Colors, plus a Color Lifter and an Ivory and Bronze marker each to help with skin tones. This is a total of 27 markers, for a total of $121.50. This leaves you with $3.50 to purchase some Metallic Thread or Baker's Twine or some other items in the Stampin' Up! Catalog.

     Of course, you don't have to purchase all of the Stampin' Blend Colors. You could purchase the Color Me Happy Stamp and Card Kit Bundle (shown below) – made to show off the Stampin' Blends – and the four colors that you need to make the kit cards (Pink Pirouette, Bermuda Bay, Pumpkin Pie, and Night of Navy. That's a total of $36 + $39.50 (for the kit with the clear mount rubber stamp set) or $75.50. That leaves you with another $49.50 to order quite a bit from the Stampin' Up! catalogs to fill out your Starter kit.

     If you have any questions, please let me know! You can e-mail me at, or call me at 808-854-6145. If you know you'd like to sign up as a demonstrator, just go to my website and click on "Join the Fun" at the right of the top toolbar!

     Here are product numbers for the products I've listed above. Call or e-mail me if you'd like other product numbers.

  • Stampin' Blends Marker Collection – Item # 147475, $121.50
  • Pink Pirouette Stampin' Blends (Light & Dark) – Item #144604, $9.00
  • Night of Navy Stampin' Blends (Light & Dark) – Item #144045, $9.00
  • Bermuda Bay Stampin' Blends (Light & Dark) – Item #144600, $9.00
  • Pumpkin Pie Stampin' Blends (Light & Dark) – Item #144599, $9.00
  • Color Me Happy Bundle (Clear Mount) Project Kit  + Stamp Set (10% discount) – Item #148034, $39.50


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Posted on : Oct 11 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
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Fun With a Coloring Technique!

Aloha, all!

     Most of you know by now that my favorite way to "attack" a card design is to construct a layout with layers of different sizes, colors and textures. I just love to stand at my work table and figure these things out as I go along until I find something that is pleasing to my eye. Today, however, I decided to try out a technique that a fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrator – Cindee Wilkinson – has been showing off on Facebook.

     The main layer of this card is made with a technique that I'm calling Reinker Blending.  To make this layer, I used three Stampin' Up! products: Glossy White Cardstock (yes, it's back in the catalog!); Reinkers; and Stampin' Spritzers. The technique involves applying drops of two or more Reinkers on a piece of Glossy Paper and then spritzing them with plain water (or add a bit of 70% alcohol if you wish), allowing the colors to blend together. Cindee used bolder colors and heavier spritzing in her projects, and that works beautifully, too. But I really wanted a softer feel to my card so I spritzed from a bit of a distance (10" – 12") and tilted my card back and forth and around a bit to get the look that I wanted.

     Now for the particulars of this card! My colors are Sweet Sugarplum and Berry Burst. I used an equal number of dots of each Reinker, about 6 drops of each. I used plain water and, as I said, spritzed it on the card front about 10" – 12" away. As the colors started to blend a bit, I spritzed a bit closer to the centers of the dots to make the color spread out a bit from them.

     I had been thinking about using another technique that I came across on the Internet last week called the Camouflage Die-Cutting Technique. This involves die-cutting a shape out of the colored paper and then replacing it over the negative space from which the die-cut image came using Stampin' Dimensionals. But I have also been thinking about using the Reinker Blending technique in a class I'm having next week in which the Climbing Orchid Stamp Set from Stampin' Up! will be featured (a class request). So, before I applied the Reinkers and spritzed the water, I stamped one of the images from the stamp set onto the glossy paper, using Jet Black Stazon Ink (not a Stampin' Up! product; but you can find it at most crafting stores). Once the paper was dry, I die-cut the orchid. My next step was to adhere the inked paper onto its mat of Sweet Sugarplum Cardstock, and then to adhere the die-cut orchid back into its spot using Stampin' Dimensionals. It's the same basic technique as the Camouflage Die-Cutting Technique, but, with the orchid image stamped, it's not really camouflaged.

     About the water and drying time. First of all, I applied water fairly sparingly which is what happens when you spritz from more of a distance than up close. The piece of paper dried beautifully in less than half an hour.  As with Cindee's project, water pooled at the edges of the Glossy Cardstock. But I had cut my paper larger than the size I was going to use in the actual card. So, rather than wicking pooled color up, I just let it dry on the edges, all of which I cut away to make the size I had intended to use.

     When I stamped the sentiment on the card as I was about to finish it (with Jet Black Stazon Ink again), I realized I could have stamped the orchid AFTER I'd colored and dried the paper. Either way, it seems to work just fine.

     And here I go again tying my project up with some of the great new ribbon in the Stampin' Up! catalog, this time the Berry Burst 1/2" Finely Woven Ribbon. Boy, that makes a nice bow!

     Here are the Stampin' Up! products I used for this project, and they are all well worth having in your stash of stamping supplies! It's easy to get them, too. Just click on a picture below and order any of them from my Stampin' Up! store.


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Posted on : Jul 06 2017
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It’s Not Always Easy Taking Photos!

Aloha, all!

     One of my favorite activities in my craft room is taking photos of projects that I've made. I'm sure you can tell that I take a lot of trouble to make sure that what you see on my blog post really shows well what you can do with a Stampin' Up! product. Believe me, if I can do it, so can you! But as often as I use the glittery addition to projects called, "Wink of Stella," I've not been able to capture just how great this sparkly product can look on a project. So today, with a card I made using Wink of Stella Clear, I decided not to try to use the great natural daylight I have coming into my craft room, and waited until it was dark. Then I turned on an Ott Light and turned and twisted this card with one hand until I could see the reflection of the light in the glitter. Then I took my camera in my other hand and snapped away.

     The light worked its charm, and I'm sure that now you can see what this fun product can do with a card! See that glitter on the flower?! It's Wink of Stella at work!!! The bee has some, too, but it's a bit less obvious.

     Now that I've got that out of the way, I can direct your attention to some other features of this card.

     First, this Designer Series Paper is a sheet from the Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper, which is a FREE PRODUCT in this year's Stampin' Up! Sale-a-bration catalog. You've seen it here before if you follow my blog. But this is the first time I've used another new Stampin' Up! product with it – the brand new Stampin' Up! Watercolor Pencils. For this picture, I used the Melon Mambo, Old Olive and Daffodil Delight pencils, and blended them with Stampin' Up! Blender Pens. My watercoloring with the pencils and blender pens is pretty rudimentary. But I still love the way that I can use the same pencil and blender pens to get lighter or darker shades just where I want them. Yes, there are lots of YouTube videos out there that are great for showing you how to decide where the light is coming from so that you can shade "just right." But I think that this coloring looks just fine to me. Hey, the light's coming from directly above – works for me!!

     Here is a list of the Stampin' Up! products I am featuring in this card – which, by the way, is going out to one of my customers for a Thank You for a recent purchase. Did you know that I make my customer purchase Thank You cards specifically designed for you? I look to see what you've ordered, and try to make a card for you that includes one of the products you just bought from me. This customer ordered, among other things, the Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper – which she got for free for one part of her $100+ order! You could be that customer the next time! Just click on the picture of any of the products listed to go to my very own Stampin' Up! store to find out more about the products – and order them on the spot!

     Happy Stamping!


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Posted on : Mar 21 2017
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Color Fusers Blog Hop – February 2017!

Aloha, all!

     Welcome once again to my favorite monthly blog hop, the Color Fusers Blog Hop, in which we are given 4 or 5 colors and challenged to use at least 3 of them in our blog post for the day. This month's color challenge is to use:

     The list of all this month's blogs is at the end of this post. I hope you will visit them all because there are some fab projects! Now on to my project for this post.

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     What a great color combo – and Stampin' Up! itself came up with it first in the fun Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper Stack. All four colors are in that set of papers. So I figured it was a no brainer to use that set of papers to make a card (what I make the most of these days) focusing on 3 of the 4 colors. So I did make a card that went pretty quickly, and poof! I was done!

     But wait. There are some really creative folks in this blog hop, so that simple card (which I'll introduce in a blog post after Valentine's Day) seemed like it was just a bit too easy for this crowd of hoppers. What I did was to think about this a little bit, look through the Stampin' Up! 2017 Occasions Catalog, think some more – and, voilá! I decided on a bit more ambitious of a project!

     I stuck with the Carousle & Cupcakes Designer Series Paper, but moved around a bit in the Occasions Catalog and found the Balloon Adventures Bundle to make this paper a lot more interesting! Not only that, but it turns out that one of my favorite Sisters-in-Law (they're all favorites!), who is also in my Stampin' Up! downline, had a birthday this past weekend, and I was SOOOO excited to have a fun card to make for her!

     This first step that I took in making this card was to create the inside of the card. I'd not yet used the framelits from this Bundle to make a card, but I did have a bit of experience with the concept. Nonetheless, I chose to watch the YouTube Video that Stampin' Up! produced to introduce this. I've included a link to this video at the end of this post. Oh, and how did I know there was a video for this? When you look at a Stampin' Up! catalog, occasionally you'll come across this symbol. When you see this, you know that Stampin' Up! has a video at

     To keep my theme going for this card, I did a few things that weren't in the video. First of all, I used papers from the Designer Series Paper Stack both for the background and the foreground fo the left and right balloon on the inside. I created the background by punching papers using the Balloon Bouquet Punch and the top layers using Thinlits. I also used Designer Series Paper for the center balloon, even though it had to be folded to make the pop-up style of the card. I folded this balloon before I adhered it to the already-folded pop-up element.

     I also managed not to stamp the "let's celebrate" sentiment onto the center piece of the pop-up element before I did all the scoring and folding required (won't do that next time!). So I had to stamp onto another piece of Whisper White Cardstock, then fold the piece I cut out from the stamped image and adhere it to the already-folded banner shape. The final elements inside this card are the "gift packages" on either side. The tops and bows are made with the Thinlit set, and I rounded the bottom corners using the Project Life Corner Punch.

     I got away from the Balloon Adventures Bundle a bit with the central stamped image on the front of the card. There was a lot of trial and error here (errors?) before I realized that I wasn't going to be able to accomplish what I wanted with the Thinlit dies that were in the bundle. So I went looking for something else with the same kind of shape, and settled on the Lots of Labels Framelits for the sentiment for the card front. Even then, I couldn't find the "perfect" fit (perfect being what I wanted, darn it!), so I ended up die-cutting both the image in the center of the Designer Series Paper/Early Espresso layer as well as the inserted image using the same die. I trimmed the straight sides of the Early Espresso piece a bit, then cut it in half and reduced the size from top to bottom before taping the pieces together with transparent tape at the back. Then I stamped the sentiment onto the piece of Designer Series Paper before trimming it to fit on the Early Espresso layer.

     I cut the holes in both ends of the Espresso layer using the little circle die from the Tags and Labels Framelits. Finally, I made a both on both ends, one with Calyso Coral Thick Bakers Twine and the other with Bermuda Bay Thick Bakers Twine. Then I adhered this layer to the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals. Done! And it's already in Maryland by now (I can only hope!)

     Here's the video from Stampin' Up! that provides some great ideas for using the Balloon Adventures Bundle!

     Here is the list of bloggers on the hop this month:

     And here are the products that I featured in my project for today!

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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Happy Birthday, Jadon!

Aloha, all!

     Happy Birthday to Jadon, a young man whom we several years ago adopted as a grandson. Oh, he has "real" grandparents, but there was a time when he saw more of us than he did of his other grandparents. So we became Grandma Robin and Grandpa Harry, and we're quite happy with that. These days, as we don't travel to the U. S. mainland as often as we used to, we don't get to see him all that much either. But we keep in touch, especially when his birthday comes around in October!


     Even though this is Jadon's second year as a teenager, I still really like to try to make him something cute for his birthday that will make him smile. He has just the best smile in the whole world for a young man of his age. We won't be there when he opens this card, but I'm sure I know what his smile will look like!

     Originally, I'd planned to have only the one stamped image on this card – the fun crab from the You're Sublime Stamp Set. The stamp consists of the crab outline and the "Have a Snappy Day" sentiment. To create the background, I inked up only the crab image, being careful not to get ink on the sentiment. Yup, it happened anyway, but on one of the stamped images that's hidden behind the large crab in the middle. Love how layers can cover up a multitude of smudges and such! But once I had the card pretty much done, I thought a little bit of color on the background layer would add a nice touch. So I went hunting for the Seaside Shore Stamp Set and one of the little Starfish images in that set. I used the smallest starfish, and that filled up some of that empty space nicely.

     To make the central image, I stamped the whole stamp – sentiment and all – and then colored in the crab using Real Red Classic Ink and Blender Pens. If I'd just used a Real Red Stampin' Write Marker by itself, I know from experience that I would have done a great job of hiding the expression on that cute crab. The color is just too deep to let the black lines show through. Blender Pens do the trick of adding the color, but not as deep as the marker would.

     I cut the oval around the crab, as well as the scalloped oval that makes up the mat, using the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies. Then I finished off the card with a piece of Real Red 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon. All of the products in this project, by the way, are in the Stampin' Up! 2016-2017 Annual Catalog. Somehow I managed to make a card this time of the year without anything from the Holiday Catalog. Wonder how that happened?!

     Anyway, here are the products I feature in this project. Just click on any of the pictures to go to my Stampin' Up! Website Store to get more information or to buy the products listed!


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Posted on : Oct 09 2016
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Summer Swap Review – Be a Big Shot!

Aloha, all!

     Last month, just after the 2016-2017 Stampin' Up! Catalog was released, I went through the catalog page by page and chose some projects on those pages to CASE (copy and share with everyone). There were a couple that left me kind of, well, disappointed in what I ended up creating. The original projects were gorgeous – but I'm not the professional those guys are! So here I am with a somewhat different take on one of the CASEd projects.


     The original project was on page 44 of the catalog and my "original" CASE was in this blog post. I like the idea of using a stamp positioner to stamp a design in a square. To do this, you position each stamp in a certain spot on one side of a square, stamp the image, turn the square 90 degrees, stamp again in the same position and so forth. But the design the last time was just too large and trying to use the same images as the original on a smaller square than the original just didn't work as well as I wanted. So this time, I just used smaller images – and it works much better, I think!

     As I mentioned in my last post, the three projects I'm posting this week are are projects that I made for a series of swaps with members of my summer Stampin' Up! online group, VC (stands for Virtual Cruise) Rocks! We do "rock"! So rather than use the stamp positioner that Stampin' Up! sells (the Stamp-a-ma-jig), I pulled out my MISTI tool and stamped away with that. Oh, did these 11 identical cards go SOOOO fast! No repositioning every time I turned the square – yay!

     The stamps are from the Love and Affection Stamp Set. Most of the stamps in this set are of the smaller variety, though there are one or two that are a bit larger than those shown in this project. I do like them all, and certainly will be using them for other projects as the year goes on. The sentiment is from another set, the Flourishing Phrases Stamp Set.

     But now you'd probably like to know about the theme of this swap. It was "So You Want to be a Big Shot?!" Of course, that means that we had to show off at least one use of a Stampin' Up! product that's used with the Sizzix Big Shot. For this project I used two of these products. The first was the Layering Squares Framelits. For this project I used two of the squares from the set (there are NINETEEN squares in this set!!!). The scalloped square is a 3" square and the plain square is a 2-5/8" square. The other Sizzix product I used was another new product, the Seaside Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. It's part of the suite that includes the Seaside Shore Stamp Set and the accompanying designer series paper. But I think it goes well with so much more – including this project!

     The swaps for VC Rocks have some baseline requirements, including that there have to be at least two layers in the card (I have 3, including the Watermelon Wonder Cardstock layer and the textured layer) and there has to be at least one Stampin' Up! embellishment. For this project, I used two designs from the Affectionately Yours Designer Washi Tape set. Love those colors!

     My next blog post later this week will show off another redo of another CASE that I published last month. I had a lot of fun with that one, too, and look forward to showing it off! Meanwhile, here are the products that I used for this project. Click on any of the pictures and you'll be magically transported to my personal Stampin' Up! store to find out more about the products – and buy them, too! They're all so much fun to use.


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Posted on : Aug 24 2016
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Summer Swap Review – Holly Jolly!

Aloha, all!

     Believe it or not, the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog will be released next week! I just cannot believe that the summer is almost over and I have to start focusing on the holidays. Yikes!

     When it comes to the "holidays" in the catalog, my first focus is on Christmas. Yes, I do enjoy fall favorites such as Halloween and Thanksgiving. But all my life, THE holiday has been Christmas. And, when you're in the greeting card making business such as I am, Christmas Cards are a big part of that. So of course I jumped at the chance to participate in a summer swap that involves Christmas Cards, even though it was still summer at the time of the swap!


     This week, I'll be sharing the projects that I made for each of three swaps that was part of the activities of my summer Stampin' Up! online group, VC Rocks. The "VC" now stands for "Virtual Cruise," and it's meant for those of us who either cannot or choose not to go on the Stampin' Up! summer cruise. Most of us don't qualify for the cruise, as it's a reward for big-time demonstrators. Many of us aren't even demonstrators and those who are tend to be people who concentrate on their craft more than their selling. I like to do both, but not to any great extreme!

     For the first of the three swaps, I wasn't yet able to take advantage of any of the products that will be coming out with the Holiday catalog next week. But there are plenty of Christmas images in the 2016-2017 Annual Catalog, and I chose one of my favorites from last year – the Peaceful Pines Stamp Set. The stamp set includes quite a few images, not just of pine trees of various shapes and textures, but also of items that you can use to decorate the trees (you'll see them all in the photo at the end of this post). But I chose this tree because I think that it's lovely just as it is, with no decorations, save the star on the top.

     The green that I use throughout this project is Cucumber Crush, and the red is Watermelon Wonder. I usually think of other greens and red when it comes to Christmas, but for now these colors work for me. I do believe that the Holiday Catalog will be featuring some more traditional colors!

     When it came to the ribbon, I wanted something a bit more delicate than the wide ribbon that has a Cucumber Crush color, and a bit fancier than the Thick Baker's Twine of the same color. I couldn't believe that I actually had a spool of the 1/8" Gold Ribbon in my stash! So gold it was, and I really like the look and the way it complements both the green and the red. Not only that, I also had some of the new Metallic Enamel Shapes, that include gold and silver stars, as well as circles and hearts. That gold star is just the perfect finish for this tree!

SwapChristmasInside     For this card, and for most of my Christmas Cards this season, I added a bit of a decoration inside the card. I think it adds a nice statement to a card, and I guess I'm just too lazy or busy most of the time to add that extra stamp. But I'm working on that little issue, starting now!

     So I have my first Christmas Card of the season done, and by now I'll have some more in my stash as I should have my swaps from other players back in the mail by now. What fun this swap was!

     Stay tuned for my other two swap projects on Wednesday and Friday this week! I had a blast with them all.

     I featured the following products in today's project, and I hope you'll like them enough to check them out on my Stampin' Up! online store. All you have to do is click on a picture and you'll find yourself at that link in no time! Have fun with whatever Christmas projects you're working on this season!

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Posted on : Aug 22 2016
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Fun Folds for a Fun Blog Hop!

Aloha, all!

     This weekend is the third Blog Hop for the summer Stampin' Up! group to which I belong, VC Rocks! The VC stands for "Virtual Cruise," and it's for anyone who loves Stampin' Up! products but won't be joining in the summer cruise provided as an incentive trip by Stampin' Up!

     An important part of any Stampin' Up! get together is display boards featuring themed projects presented by Stampin' Up! demonstrators. The closest we can come to this for an online group is a Blog Hop. Yes, we have a theme, and everyone in the hop will have a project with the same theme. For July 2016, our theme is "Cruisin' With Fun Folds." So here I am with my fun fold for the weekend, a gatefold card!


     A Gatefold Card has a fold on both sides of the card, with the card opening in the middle. Most of the time, with a simple gatefold card, the card opens and closes as easily as a regular card with just one side fold. But, in the case of this card, I got carried away and ended up with far too many layers for this card to stay folded in any position. So I created what is nown as a "Belly Band" to slip over the folded card to keep it closed. That's what in the photo over on the right. This is how the card looks when it's closed, with the belly band keeping it that way.


     Now you'll want to know what it is that's decorating that card! The stamp set is the Seaside Shore Stamp Set and the Designer Series Paper is the By the Shore DSP Set. The colors featured in this card are Calypso Coral and Dapper Denim, with a few touches of Mint Macaron and Pool Party.

     My favorite part of this card is that rope that goes the whole width of the inside of the card, and wraps around the whole belly band (it's there on the back, even if you can't see it!). It's actually two stamps strung together to make it look like one. I didn't do too bad a job if I say so myself! One of the stamps is the knot, with an open end extending to both the right and left of the knot. The second stamp is a length of rope. If you are really, really careful, you can stamp them up against one another so that you can barely see where one stamp ends and the other begins. To do this, I used the Stamp-a-ma-jig, which is sold by Stampin' Up! 

     You may have read in one blog post or another that I frequently use the MISTI stamp aligner. This is great for aligning photopolymer stamps, but is a bit limited for aligning rubber stamps, as the stamps in this set are. So out came the Stamp-a-ma-jig. If you're considering buying a stamp aligner, this is a tool that works well and is not too expensive at all. Just click on the photo below to go to my Stampin' Up! store to learn more about it. Oh, and it comes with instructions!

     As it's pretty much a VC Rocks rule to use embellishments in all of our shared projects, I added in some Enamel Shapes on the card front. One of them is Dapper Denim from the 2016-2018 In Color Set. In this set, there are 40 shapes of each color as there are only 5 colors to share the wealth of 200 pieces. The other color I used was Calypso Coral, from the Subtles Set. In this set, there are only 20 shapes per color, so I ran out of small circles (I've used this color a lot this year so far!) so you'll see a teeny star somewhere on this card.

     I have a couple of hints about making a card with this fold, and most are based on my own experiences, which led to some, um, design modifications as I went along. First, unless it's really important to you, don't layer this card so that there is most than one width of cardstock where the card folds. First of all, it won't fold well; secondly, you'll need to use an odd size of paper to make sure that the card sides meet in the middle as they should. It's better to layer up each inside as well as outside element with its own set of layers. Both problems are solved if you do. My card is just a teensy bit wider than I would have liked – but with my "design modifications," it did finally end up meeting in the middle.

     I hope you're enjoying our little blog hop. Be sure to go back to the VC Rocks Blog to find links to the other participants in the hop!

     Here are the products that I featured in today's project:


Posted on : Jul 29 2016
Posted under Challenges, Stampin' Up! Tools, Stamping |