A Favorite from the Holiday Catalog!

Aloha, all!

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

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

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

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

 


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

Aloha, all!

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

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

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

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

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

 


Posted on : Sep 25 2017
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Autumn Colors!

Aloha, all!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


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Posted on : Sep 11 2017
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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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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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Birthdays Happen All Year Long!

Aloha, all!

     Usually when I post a birthday card, it's because someone I know is having a birthday. Today's card is no exception. Yesterday was the birthday of a really good friend that I don't get to see often any more. And, while this post is a day late, I do think it got to Dana on time. And wouldn't you know it – the challenge for the biweekly Stampin' Up! Only Challenge this time is to make a Birthday Card (or Gift, if that's your preference). This card was a special card for Dana, so I think it's perfect for this challenge!

     Ever since I first tried my hand at using the dies from the Window Box Thinlits die set, I thought the small squares would make a good die-cut image for a card front. But this is the first time I actually tried it, and I really like the result. There are three square images in the set, so a 3 x 3 layout works beautifully, with the birthday candles showing up nicely on the top and bottom rows.

     For this card, I used the new Berry Burst Cardstock as the background for the design, and used a Daffodil Delight pattern from the Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper set. Both the ribbon and the enamel heart are in the Crushed Curry Color. My original intent was to use Berry Burst Ribbon. But when I tried the Crushed Curry 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon with the project, I was quite happy with the result. Then, when I finished, I added a Crushed Curry Enamel Shape, too, even though I did have a Daffodil Delight heart in my stash. It went nicely with the ribbon!

     Here are the products I used for this card. Be sure to check any of them out at my Stampin' Up! Store by clicking on any of the pictures. And, when you've finished ordering what you'd like, head on over to the Stampin' Up! Only Challenge blog and add one of your own projects!

 


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Posted on : Jul 31 2017
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I’m Still Enjoying my New Stampin’ Up! Products!

Aloha, all!

     I have thoroughly enjoyed showing off lots of my new Stampin' Up! products from the 2017-2018 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog. But would you believe I haven't even touched the surface of what I've bought to make projects for you?! The problem is that so many of what I have that's new I like so much that I've been using them over and over again. Take the Climbing Orchid Stamp Set – I've made at least a dozen cards using that set. Not all of them were great successes, but enough of them have been that I'll be sharing even more with you over the next few weeks.

     But for today, I picked out a card that has several products on it that I've not yet shared with you. And the timing is perfect because the Stampin' Up! Only Challenge this time is to feature a Stampin' Up! product that's new to me. In my project there is more than one such product, and most of them are also new in the Stampin' Up! Catalog!

     I was inspired to make this card after I attended an art show earlier this month that featured Ikebana designs. Oh my, they were all so gorgeous! And, no, I am definitely not even a teensy bit educated or experienced in this art form. But I still felt as if I could use my own tools and skills to create something that in some way resembled the feeling that I got when viewing the real thing.

     The new products, that I've not shared with you here before, include the Decorative Ribbon Border Punch, which is just perfect for decorating one edge of a layer on a card. I added this to the Rich Razzleberry layer, which is the mat for the main artistic layer.

     All of the flowers and stems in the stamped picture, with one exception, are from the new Beautiful Bouquet Stamp Set. While there is a set of Framelits that coordinates with this stamp set, I chose to hand cut the leaves and larger flower as I did not want there to be any white edges around them. They were pretty easy to cut, so I can't even call it "fussy cutting." The one stem that's not in this stamp set is the thin stem holding the stamped flowers out to the right. This stem comes from another new stamp set, Tranquil Tulips. (This set is a "Hostess Stamp Set," which can only be purchased with Stampin' Rewards which one gets from placing an order of at least $150 or hosting a party with at least $150 in sales.)

     The final new product – though not new in this blog – is the short strip of the Garden Green 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon. Not new to me, but still not something that I've used a lot, is the Artistically Asian Stamp Set. As Ikebana is an Asian art form, my mind immediately went to that stamp set when I started this project. The Japanese writing at the top means, "Friendship," which goes nicely with the sentiment at the bottom of the card. The dish in which the floral arrangement sits is also not very new. It's the "boat" image in the Swirly Bird Stamp Set. Who knew it would make such a nice dish!

     I had so much fun making this card, and hope you enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed making it. If you have a new product that you'd love to show off (and it doesn't have to be new to the new Stampin' Up! catalog), do check out the Stampin' Up! Only Challenge blog and enter a project you make with it!

     Here are the "new" products that I used in this project. You can click on any one of them to go to my personal Stampin' Up! store to learn more about a product and to buy it right there! No muss, no fuss!

 


Posted on : Jul 17 2017
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Summer Fun – At the Beach!

Aloha, all!

     Off and on during my long life, I've had the chance to spend some of my summers at a beach – or two or three! When I was really young, those beaches were Ocean City, Maryland, and Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. As I and my family grew older, we found ourselves at Virginia Beach (different spots). Now, when I get to an Atlantic Ocean beach, it's always in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, somewhere near Kill Devil Hills or Kitty Hawk. It's in these latter beach areas that I really enjoy not only the beaches, but also the wonderful Lighthouses that dot the edge of North Carolina as it meets the ocean. To me, being near a lighthouse, walking on the beach, is the epitome of Summer Fun. With "Summer Fun" being the current challenge at the Stampin' Up! Only Challenge blog, out came the High Tide Stamp Set from Stampin' Up!

     Today's card features a Lighthouse, though not any particular lighthouse as far as I can tell, and certainly not a Lighthouse I've ever seen. But it nonetheless reminds me of the wonderful times I've spent in North Carolina's Outer Banks. In fact, my husband and I were married on a beach in North Carolina, not too far from several lighthouses.

     The best time to really enjoy summer fun at the beach for me is early in the morning, when I can escape the hot midday sun, and watch the little (and not so little) shore birds running up and down the water line searching for whatever it is that waterbirds search for – breakfast at that time of the day, I'm assuming. And then there are the seagulls and other flying birds floating in the sky over the water looking for their turn at breakfast.

     This card is not a card with a standard fold. It's a design called a "Center Step Card." I stamped the whole image on one piece of Whisper White Cardstock, and then cut it to fit on the center and two side sections of the card. It did this for a class I held last week that featured this stamp set, and one of the class attendees had specifically asked for a card that had some rope on it. You may recognize the "rope" as a piece cut from cardstock texturized with the Cable Knit 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

     For the class, I prepared three cards using this stamp set. As it's apparently a pretty popular stamp set, I thought I'd share the tutorials I made for my local class with those who are on my Newsletter Mailing List. I'll be sending out my next newsletter within the next week before I go on vacation in Minnesota – no lighthouses this time, unless we take a drive out to see Split Rock Light on Lake Superior (it's been a few years, so it's on my wish list for this year for sure). Anyway, if you'd like this class, just sign up for my newsletter and you'll get it soon!

     For now, here are the products I used for today's project. But before you check them out, be sure to check out the Stampin' Up! Only Challenge blog and see if the Design Team and other entrants might give you some ideas for making AND ENTERING a card of your own for the challenge!

 


Posted on : Jul 03 2017
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Out In the Garden With Delightful Daisies!

Aloha, all!

     With all the new Stampin' Up! Catalog excitement, I haven't forgotten that today is the day for the biweekly Stampin' Up! Only Challenge post! Believe it or not, we picked these themes for the challenges many months ago. We had no idea that Stampin' Up! was going to give us Demonstrators the opportunity to pre-order the lovely  Delightful Daisy Suite of products from the new catalog. This has just got to be THE perfect suite of products for this challenge.

     I was tempted to get out my new Daisy Punch and show off the Daisy Stamp from the Daisy Delight Stamp Set. But the punch is already on back order (can you believe that Stampin' Up! demonstrators snatched them all up?! I can because we all want to show them off to our customers so you'll buy them, too! But Stampin' Up! is taking care of that and promises the punch will be back in stock soon.

     So then I was going to use the smaller stamps in the stamp set (lovely all!) until I started looking at paper to feature in my card. There, right in the middle of a sheet of paper from the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper set was this lovely (am I overusing that word?) bouquet of flowers. Yes, there are some daisies in that bouquet. But there are also some fun tulips that will go beautifully with the new hostess set, Tranquil Tulips. But that's for another post.

     Let's just say that I figured I could not make a prettier bouquet than this one. So I cut it out with an oval from the Layering Ovals Framelits Set, matting it with the pattern on the other side of the same sheet, using a scalloped oval from the same Framelits set.

     I did finally use something from the Daisy Delight Stamp Set when I stamped the sentiment. I tried to curve the sentiment stamp a bit to fit into one of the banner shapes from the Banners for You Stamp Set, and almost made it just as I envisioned it. I need more practice! Then I punched the banner out using one of the dies from the Bunch of Banners Framelits set, mounted that and the oval die-cuts onto a piece of Old Olive Cardstock that I'd embossed using the Petal Burst Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

     I tied the card front all together with a piece of the brand new Daffodil Delight 1/4" Double Stitched Ribbon. I'm so excited about all the new ribbon in the catalog this year! And I'm sure that this is going to remain one of my favorites!

     So that's it for today's project. The challenge over at SUO Challenges goes for two weeks. Maybe you'll have some new products related to your garden that you'd like to show off? If so, be sure to go over to their blog post and enter the challenge!


Posted on : Jun 05 2017
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An Early Birthday Card for My Husband!

Aloha, all!

     At the end of next week, my husband will celebrate his 75th birthday. That's a big one as far as I'm concerned. Actually, at our age, every birthday is a big one! But from now on, any that ends in a 5 or a 0 will get extra special treatment. Extra special in the case of Harry's birthday card is one that's made with the popular Pop Up Twist design. (OK – everyone I know calls is the "Twist Pop Up" card. But I just like the way it rolls off my tongue when I say, "Pop Up Twist."

     This is also the day that the Stampin' Up! Only Challenge group starts its next challenge, which is to make a Masculine style card. No frou-frou or flowers this time! But that doesn't mean that it can't be a really nice card, and I think that this one is!

     As with most of my recent cards, I made today's project using a retiring set of Designer Series Paper. Yep, just one retiring product – the Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper. And wouldn't you know that it's already beyond retired – it's gone! Don't forget – even though it might still be on a page in your catalog, if it's retiring, it could run out soon! So don't hesitate to order something you might really like! Order at my Stampin' Up! Online Store!

     To decorate the front of the card, I used the Balloon Celebration Stamp Set to stamp the "strings" and three solid balloon in the background. Then I punched balloons from the Designer Series Paper using the Balloon Bouquet Punch. I adhered two of them using SNAIL adhesive and two using Stampin' Dimensionals to pop them up a bit.

     For the inside of the card, after I'd adhered two sheets of paper to the top and bottom, I stamped the "Look Who's Turning" and "Happy Birthday" using stamps from the Number of Years Stamp Set. For the Pop Up section, I stamped two more balloons – this time just the outlines – on the two center sections. Then I die cut the 7 and 5 using the Designer Series Paper and the Large Number Framelits die set. I cut the two hearts using the heart shape in the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits set. That's all I put on this as you really need to keep the layers in the folded section a bit on the flat side so that the card will close cleanly.

     I debated adding some embellishments onto the front of the card. But my final decision was not to as I think this card has enough interest with its Pop Up feature. And those balloons on the front are in three different layers, and that seems to add a bit of interest.

     I hope that you like this idea for a masculine card and will try either this or some other design to enter into the Stampin' Up! Only Challenge this time. It runs through June 3rd, and that's actually my husband's birthday. We're going on a short vacation to celebrate, and I know he'll love this card. If you'd like to try out this Pop Up Twist technique, I highly recommend the Split Coast Stampers website. The video there was definitely helpful!

     Here are the products I used for this project. All of these products are in the current Stampin' Up! Catalogs AND will be in the upcoming 2017-2018 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog!

    


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Posted on : May 22 2017
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