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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There’s Still Time to Earn the Merry Patterns Set!

     The Merry Patterns Stamp Set is exclusive for anyone who orders $300 or more of Stampin' Up! products in September and October 2017. It's a Stampin' Rewards set that's in addition to the rest of your Stampin' Rewards for buying – or having a party that results in total sales of – $300 of Stampin' Up! products.

 

     Let me know by e-mail or phone (the number is at the top of this page!) if you have any questions about this great promotion!

 

     Here are some cards I made with this set. I managed to use all of the pieces from the set – makes it a perfect set as far as I'm concerned!

 

 

 

 


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Posted on : Oct 26 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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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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Happy Birthday, Margie!

Aloha, all!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


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Posted on : Sep 29 2017
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Fun With the Quilt Builder Framelits Never Ends!

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     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
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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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