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!

 


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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Stampin’ Up! Only Challenges – A Blast From the Past!

Aloha, all!

     As the current challenge at the SUO Challenge Blog is a celebration of its 7th Anniversary, we've chosen the theme, "A Blast From The Past," to celebrate! What I did for my Design Team Entry in this challenge is to recreate the very first project that I made as a member of the Design Team back in 2011.

     And here's the project that I made for that first challenge:

     I definitely remember when I created this card – and a couple of similar cards – back in 2011. At that time we had in our Stampin' Up! Catalog some of the old original Sizzix Circle Dies. These are thick dies that could cut through lots of layers of paper, cardstock, fabric and other materials. I loved them! I used the 3-1/2" and 3" circle dies for the larger circel. Then I had a 2-1/2" Circle Punch that I used for the mat in the smaller group. And finally I had to use the Circle Scissors Punch to make the stamped circle. My goodness – all those products!

     But in today's project, all I had to do was get out my Layering Circles Framelits to make ALL the circles! After that, the process for making the card was probably about the same as I made the 2011 card. I texturized the top background layer, this time with the Layered Leaves 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. I stamped a sentiment, this time with the Thank You from the Rose Wonder Stamp Set, and added some Pear Pizzazz Enamel Shapes, though not as many as the Rhinestones in the 2011 card. But that was a wedding card, and today's card is a simple Thank You card.

     The color that I chose to accent this card was Peekaboo Peach, which is one of the colors in the Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper sheet that I used for the front layer in the larger circle set. Peekaboo Peach is one that you'll see me use a lot this fall, including the Peekaboo Peach 5/8" Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon, which is so much fun to tie into a bow!

     It really was fun going back to see what I was doing 6 years ago, and I'm sure that the other members of the SUO Challenges Design Team had fun with their projects. Be sure to visit the SUO Challenge Blog and see what they made with this theme – and maybe you'll be inspired to create your own "Blast from the Past" project and enter it in the challenge. There's blog candy this time at the Challenge Blog!

     Here are the products that I used in the project with the current products. Of course the Whisper White Cardstock is not only still around, it's still got the same product number that it's had for years and years!

 


Posted on : Aug 28 2017
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Happy 17th Birthday, Quin!

Aloha, all!

     This morning on Facebook I shared a copy of the card I sent to our grandson, Quin, on the occasion of his becoming a teenager 4 years ago. Today is Quin's 17th Birthday, and he's about to enter his senior year in High School. What a difference 4 years makes! When he was 13, I wanted him to have a cute card. Today, I couldn't imagine sending a cute card to this young man. But he certainly deserved a card made just for him with lots of love from Grandma Robin.

     I looked around for just the right stamp set to convey a Birthday Greeting, and one that was my own design from my heart. So of course, there are hearts on it! And Quin is a star in our world, so there are stars on this card also! The cupcake frosting is not from any birthday-themed stamp set, but from the Coffee Café Stamp Set. The base of the cupcake is one of the dies in the Coffee Cup Framelits set. That little candle, though, is definitely from a Birthday-themed set, Birthday Banners Stamp Set. That set is also where I found the Banner and Happy Birthday stamps. There's yet one more stamp set featured on this card, and it's a sister set to the Coffee Café set, the Merry Café Stamp Set that will be in the Stampin' Up! 2017 Holiday Catalog, to be released at the end of this week. From that set I got all the sprinkles on the cupcake frosting.

     There are a few other framelits that I've used for this card, including the Stitched Shapes Framelits and Layering Ovals Framelits Sets for the central image. The stitched rectangle that I used for the top layer of the card is not a Stampin' Up! product. It's one of my favorite die sets, though, and I can only hope that Stampin' Up! can come up with something like this for its catalog before too long!

     A very Happy Birthday to you, Quin! And have a great Senior Year in High School!   

 


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Posted on : Aug 27 2017
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CASEing for a Class!

Aloha, all!

     I am fortunate to have a new person who is attending my regular card-making classes, and thoroughly enjoying them! She's not new to Stampin' Up! products, but her interest before this year has been primarily scrapbooking. While I certainly am no slouch when it comes to scrapping, I spend most of my personal time in making cards. So that's where my classes gravitate most of the time. The reason that I bring this up is that she is not really sure of herselt when it comes to figuring out how to plan a project so that she can make the best use of her materials. So we decided to have a one-on-one class to cover planning a project from start to finish. Rather than going through the whole creative process, though, I suggested we look through the Stampin' Up! Catalog – with all its great ideas! – and pick something to CASE (Copy And Share with Everyone).

     One of the ideas, of course, was to show that, just because you don't have the products used to make the card doesn't mean you can't CASE the card. I actually think it's a lot more fun to try out a design using different products even if I DO have the products in the original.

     For this project, I did not have the stamp set in the original of this project, which is on page 175 of the Stampin' Up! 2017-2018 Annual Catalog. But I did have most of the other products. This was also a great project for demonstrating how to cut paper to make the best use of what we had. We figured out that the top layer of the card in the catalog was Vellum Cardstock. But rather than cut into a piece of that, we chose to cut the card base and the other two layers from the same piece of Pool Party Cardstock. This way, we could use one whole sheet of cardstock without wasting too very much of it, and she'd learn some basic layering measurements to boot. We adhered the top two layers together and ran both of them together through the Pinewood Planks Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. Then we adhered this grouping to the card base and set it aside.

     For the stamped layer on the front, we used the Oh So Eclectic Stamp Set. The outline of the flowers and the sentiment were stamped with Cajun Craze Ink, the flower backgrounds were stamped with Pumpkin Pie Ink, and the stems were stamped using Crumb Cake Ink.

     Once everything was stamped, we die cut the stamped area using the Lots of Labels Framelits set, and layered it up with a piece of a Delicate Doily and some 5/8" Burlap Ribbon. We used Stampin' Dimensionals on the side away from the doily and ribbon, and Fast Fuse Adhesive on the side already bolstered up by the doily/ribbon. The final touch was a small scrap of Pumpkin Pie Cardstock and a bow of Linen Thread.

     We did spend a lot more time on this project that it might seem we should have. But at each step, we discussed how we wanted to CASE that particular step. It was fun, my friend said she had a much better idea of how to structure a card, and we both have a cute "Just For You" card to send to a friend!

     Here are the products we used for our CASEd project. Don't forget that you can purchase any or all of the products for this project from my personal Stampin' Up! store! Just click on any of the pictures below and you'll be sent there right away! Thanks for all of your purchases that help me keep my Craft Room going!

 

 


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Posted on : Aug 23 2017
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A Fun Double Espresso!

Aloha, all!

     I had so much fun with this project, and it's certainly much larger than most cards that I make!

     This pattern is called a Double Center Step Card, and it's 8-1/4" wide by the standard 5-1/2" high. Of course you can see why I chose the title for this blog post – this card is a double in every way! Just look at all those Coffee Images, taken both from the Coffee Cafe Stamp Set and the Coffee Break Designer Series Paper. The final "coffee" related Stampin' Up! product I used for this project was the Coffee Cups Framelits Set

     I love the colors in the set of Designer Series Paper – Garden Green goes oh so well with the Early Espresso and Soft Suede colors of the coffees, pots and cups in this set. I even love the touch of Pool Party blue, that I've accented with the Pool Party Shimmer Ribbon bow that finishes the project off.

     One thing that I noticed when I first used the Coffee Cups Framelits Set was that there was no stamp in the Coffee Cafe Stamp Set that went with the little coffee cup framelit. I quickly learned that there are some perfect little coffee cups in the sheet from the Designer Series Paper set that features coffee pots and cups. You can see one of them in the step image at the left of the card – that's one that I die cut with the framelit and placed on the right background of the card. There's another one (peeking in from the left side of the card) that I cut and put on the left background layer.  Sneak Peek:  There will be a stamped image in a Stamp Set in the upcoming Stampin' Up! 2017 Holiday Catalog! 

     Thanks for taking the time to read about this project! If you're interested in a tutorial for making this style of card, there will be one in my next Newsletter, which will be published at the end of this month, right when the new Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog is released. Hint: I may just use that new Stamp Set from the new catalog for the tutorial! If you're not on my newsletter mailing list, you can fix that right now by clicking in the box at the upper left of this page!

     Here are the products that I featured in this project. Don't forget that, by clicking on any of the images below, you'll be whisked away to my very own Stampin' Up! store, where you can read more about the products and purchase them directly from me! That would really make my day!

 


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Posted on : Aug 20 2017
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Monochromatic Dragonflies!

Aloha, all!

     After a card with a definitely Autumn theme, I'm back with something that reminds me so much of summer – dragonflies! And it just so happens that today is the start of the next bi-weekly challenge from the SUO Challenges Design Team, with its theme of "Butterflies and Dragonflies."

     I started out thinking that I was going to make a "Clean and Simple" (or CAS) card with a single butterfly and a bit of texture. But as I walked to my work table, I saw my newly-arrived early release Christmas bundle, Carols of Christmas. Oh, no! As much as I love making Christmas Cards, it's even too early for me to be blogging about them. There will certainly be a Countdown to Christmas e-mail program going on before too long. But that's an e-mail program with signups, and only those who want early Christmas projects will be signing up for that! You who just like to read about what's happening now can rest assured that I'll not be overdoing Christmas until after Halloween.

     The way that the Carols of Christmas set got into this card is in the Thinlit Border, which is one of the elements in the Card Front Builder Thinlits Die set. Now, you don't see the word, "Christmas," in that product name, do you? That's because this lovely card border can be used for so very many kinds of projects, not just those for the holidays.

     The thinlit that's in the set is just half of a card front thinlit. First you cut the thinlit around the top or bottom of the card. Then you line up the two little holes in the middle of the sides and cut the thinlit around the other end of the card. It took a few tries for me to say, "I think I've finally got it down!"  Did I mention that I tried this with a few pieces of Night of Navy Cardstock that were also hanging around on my work table? (Back to my old habits of not putting stuff away.)  So there I was with this large expanse of Night of Navy cardstock in the middle of this die-cut piece, and not a clue with how I was going to handle it. So I started going through my butterfly and dragonfly thinlits/framelits, and I saw this lovely shape, with the dragonflies flying in some sort of formation, in the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits set.. That was it, and the card was almost done.

     To find a sentiment to go with this, I first went to my Dragonfly Dreams Stamp Set (this was a dragonfly card, after all). And there was a sentiment that was just perfect for this! I heat embossed it using White Stampin' Emboss Powder, and I thought my card was done. But, after I took my first photograph of the card for this blog post, I decided that it needed a little something to brighten it up. So out came my Rhinestone Basic Jewels and each little dragonfly got a little bit of bling!

     There are lots more dragonfly card ideas – along with a butterfly or two – on the SUO Challenges Blog. I hope you'll be inspired by at least one of us to make your own lovely card and enter  it in our challenge! You have until a week from Saturday (6 am USA Eastern Time) to enter!

 


Posted on : Aug 14 2017
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Next Month is Autumn???

Aloha, all!

     Here we and much of the rest of the United States are under heat advisories. And yet I just looked at next month's calendar and saw the phrase, "First Day of Autumn," right there in black and white!!! Yikes (with more exclamation points).

     The good news for me and my stamping friends, though, is that this means we get into a season of special papers and colors that provide so much fresh crafting opportunities. Yes, I'm still working on using all the goodies that I ordered from Stampin' Up!'s Annual Catalog. But I am so excited to have received my first pre-order of products from the upcoming Stampin' Up! 2017 Holiday Catalog!

     The flowers and leaves in this card are from the gorgeous new stamp set, Painted Harvest. I could hardly wait to try it out and I definitely couldn't wait to show it off to you.

     These flowers really do look to me as if they've been watercolored – or "painted." But the petals are two different stamps, with variegated texture. For this card, I used Crushed Curry Ink for the base stamp and Peekaboo Peach for the top stamp. I had the stamps in my hands and I still cannot believe how those two colors blended together so well to create these flowers! I used Chocolate Chip Ink for the center of the flowers, adding just a touch of Peekaboo Peach or Crushed Curry to the centers to add a tinge of color.

     I found the leaves equally magic in the way they turned out after I used Wild Wasabi Ink for the base and Old Olive for the top stamped layer. And, while I "fussy cut" the center flower (adhered with Stampin' Dimensionals), I punched the leaves with the brand new Leaf Punch made to go with this set (but so useful otherwise, too!). The stamp set and punch will be offered as a bundle at 10% off the price of the two products if purchased separately.

     Current products that I used for this project include the luscious 1/4" Copper Trim that I tied into a bow, and the Copper Foil that I used as one of the mats for the stamped layer. The sentiment is from the Thoughts and Prayers Stamp Set. In the product grid following this post, I included a link to the Clear Mount version of this stamp as, whenever it's possible, I purchase only clear mount or photopolymer stamps – such space savers! But I've owned this stamp set for so long that, not only was it around before there were Clear Mount Stamps Sets, it was around when Stampin' Up! was still selling some stamp sets that had to be double-mounted on wood. But the set still works beautifully, so I'm definitely not replacing it!

     Unfortunately, I had to use this stamp set for the first time for a sympathy card for a colleague of my husband whose own husband just died today. But I know that this card will be especially appreciated as it was made just for her. I try to have some sympathy cards in my stash. But when someone is close, I feel better if I create something just for her.

     These are the current products that I used in this project. All can be ordered whenever you'd like.

 


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Posted on : Aug 10 2017
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Color Fusers Blog Hop – August 2017!

Aloha, all!

     Oh, my, didn't July seem like a really long month! It certainly did to me as I felt as if I spent a whole month at home, but I also traveled for 2 weeks. Part of it seeming so long, I think, is that it's not until today – August 7th – that we are having the first Monday of the month Color Fusers Blog Hop! The 7th is about as late as one can get with that.

     I've been so busy with traveling and recuperating from same the past several weeks that I wasn't sure how I was going to approach this color challenge. I kept putting this off, and finally I realized I had to do SOMEthing. When I get to that point with a project, my tactic is to make some other rules for myself. This time I set the rule that I could only use ONE stamp set for the project. Then I turned to my collection of stamp sets (not all that large, believe me) and pulled out the Oh So Eclectic Stamp Set and the coordinating Eclectic Layers Thinlits dies. I had never used either of these sets, and had bought them as a Bundle to round out a purchase I'd made last month.

     Once I'd had the stamp set and thinlits picked out, it was just a matter of how I was going to arrange them AND how I was going to use the colors! Believe me, I tried several different ideas before I hit on this combination.

     The primary color in this project is Berry Burst. The gorgeous new Berry Burst 5/8" Crinkled Seam Binding takes center stage in this card for me, even though it's in the lower left corner of the card front. Then there's the layer of Berry Burst Cardstock that I've die-cut using one of the dies in the Thinlits set. The die is mostly rectangular in shape, but I also cut the cardstock with the die a second time, this time at a bit of an angle to original cut. That gives this the look of a larger die-cut than if I'd just used the single die.

     After that color, the Powder Pink comes into play as both the background layer for the card front and for the background color in the three stamped flowers from the stamp set. For the background layer, I used Powder Pink Cardstock and stamped a flower onto it using Powder Pink Classic Ink.

     I was a bit sneaky in the way in which I introduced the Smoky Slate color to this project. If this had been any other project, I would have made the stems of the flowers some sort of green. But, as there wasn't a green in this challenge, guess which color I used to make the stems? Yup, Smoky Slate!

     The final two colors in this challenge are Basic Black and Whisper White. Both were fairly easy, especially the Whisper White Thick Cardstock that I used for the card base, as well as the Whisper White Cardstock on which I stamped the flowers. Basic Black was what I used to stamp the stems of the flowers and also to make one of the mats for the card's layers.

     Even though I had an embellishment in the ribbon that tied the flowers together, I still felt I needed a bit more for this project. So out came my new Rhinestone Basic Jewels. These are "new" because they're being offered by Stampin' Up! in a different configuration than they have the past few years. I like that we're not stuck with strips of rhinestones when all I (among others) wanted just some individual rhinestones to accent a card front, gift or tag. So I added some of those lovely single rhinestones to the top left of the die-cut layer, and I do like that touch!

     I do hope you've enjoyed my contributions to this month's Color Fusers Blog Hop! Here are the others who are involved in this fun monthly hop, and I hope you'll visit each blog to see what my compatriots have done with this color combo – marvelous all!

 

 


Posted on : Aug 07 2017
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