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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Some Holiday Catalog Products Will Carry Over!

Aloha, all!

     The 5 months beginning in January every year are always interesting when I'm trying to figure out what I can use to show off here on my blog as well as in my Newsletter and Facebook. Why? Because Stampin' Up! has decided (yay!) to keep some of the fun products from its Holiday Catalog – but that list gets shoved aside by the upcoming Occasions and Sale-a-Bration Catalogs, as well as the ongoing 2017-2018 Annual Catalog. But this year I have a plan!

     The icon over at the top of the right column is going to stay right where it is. That way both you and I will remember that there are products out there in Stampin' Up! land that aren't in any current catalog BUT are available for purchase.

     Let me share one fun non-autumn card I made with the decidedly Fall-themed, Painted Harvest Stamp Set.

     If you bump around Pinterest at all, you'll know that this is not my original design. Dozens of people have already figured out that the Sunflower stamps in the Painted Harvest Stamp Set make a great Christmas Wreath. Using those little dots that are supposed to help make up the center of the Sunflower as Berries in the wreath was the best idea. I'm happily CASEing this from all those before me for my Stamp-a-Stack Christmas Card class next week. This card goes SOOOO fast!

     Now I can harly wait to see what all those creative people out there think of to do with this set for Spring holidays and celebrations. 

     Besides that stamp set, here are my favorites that are going to continue to be available into the New Year. This is not everything on the list – just click on the icon up at the top of the right column to see the full list. These are just my favorites:

  • Half Full Stamp Set
  • Everyday Label Punch
  • Cat Punch
  • 1/8" Solid Red Ribbon (think Valentine's Day Cards and gifts!)
  • Clear Acetate Boxes (for card gifts all year)

     Now back to Christmas Cards! I'll have a couple of those next week, including a new project that's a modification of a popular fun fold!

     See you next week!

 

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Posted on : Dec 02 2017
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I Never Get Tired of Christmas Cards!

Aloha, all!

     Finally I'm at a time of the year when it won't hurt me or anyone else if all I post about are Christmas Cards! Well, I'll be making some birthday cards as there are lots of birthdays in my circle of family and friends between now and Christmas. I may even share some here with you. But I am SO ready to start showing off Christmas Cards in earnest.

     My first card for this fun effort is one I CASEd (Copy And Share with Everyone) from one of Stampin' Up!s Million Dollar Sales demonstrators, Linda Bauwin. When demonstrators reach that milestone, one of their recent perks is to help Stampin' Up! develop a new stamp set based on their interests. Linda's stamp set is called, Half Full, and is featured in the Stampin' Up! 2017 Holiday Catalog. Linda made a Waterfall Card with her set that I had to stop everything and go make for myself!

     OK, I'm sure you can't see the Half Full Stamp Set in this photo. But I'll be showing that off before I write too many more sentences! First, I'd like to show off one of the sheets from the gorgeous Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP). The "specialty" in this set of papers is that every sheet has foil accents on it. Among the foils accent colors are Champagne, Gold, Silver and Copper. This sheet seems to have all three. But I have to tell you, I have a hard time seeing the difference between Champagne and Silver unless they're side by side, which doesn't happen in this sheet. And It's really not important. I chose to use Gold as my accent color for the rest of the card, beginning with the Year of Cheer Specialty Washi Tape that I ran across the bar near the bottom of the card. I LOVE this washi tape, with the same foll accents as in the DSP.

     The stamped and embossed (with Gold) snowflakes are from two different stamp sets. The large snowflake is from the Colorful Seasons Stamp Set, and the smaller flakes in lines at the bottom of the other two layers of this waterfall card are from the Merry Cafe Stamp Set. I love it when I can find just what I want in a stamp set where I didn't expect to fine it!

     Here, then, are the flips that appear in the waterfall card when you pull the ribboned tab down from the card. The first flip (at the left) has a row of wine glasses colored to look somewhat like they're filled with white wine. The words, embossed in white just above it is one of the fun quotes from this set – made perfect when paired with the words above the second flip panel (at the right) that explain the glasses filled with red wine. If it's too small for you to read, they say, "I'm dreaming of a white Christmas." And then, "But if the white runs out, I'll drink red." My sentiments exactly! And what a perfect set of stamps and words for a waterfall card.

     Everything that I stamped on this card is heat-embossed. The snowflakes and wine classes are embossed in Gold and the words are embossed in White. I prefer to emboss items stamped onto colored cardstock. I rarely stamp onto colored cardstock unless it's for a watermark-style image or some background. So I keep a good stock of embossing powder on hand.

     If you'd like to try your hand at this waterfall card, there are plenty of videos out on YouTube (including the video for this project). And here are the products I featured in this project. If you're interested in any of them, be sure to click on the icon to go directly to my Stampin' Up! store to read more about the product and order it online!

 


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Posted on : Nov 24 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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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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