CASEing a Stampin’ Up! Catalog Sample!

Aloha, all!


One of my favorite things about the current Stampin’ Up! Catalogs is that, throughout the books, there are sections entitled, “Quick & Easy: You Can Make it!” So when the theme for the current Stampin’ Up! Only Challenge Blog was to CASE (Copy And Share with Everyone) a catalog sample, I decided to go for one of those. And, with Valentine’s Day coming right up, I went looking at stamps that had Valentine’s themes. The good news is that the stamp set I chose is great for many occasions, not just Valentine’s Day.

This sample is on Page 88 of the Stampin’ Up! 2017-2018 Annual Catalog, and features the stamp set, Bloomin’ Love. What makes this “Quick & Easy” is that you can put 3 different stamps on one acrylic block and then stamp that all over the front of a card to make a great design. Here’s how it looks in the catalog, and it even shows you which stamps the artist put on the block to make these cards.

Now, CASE doesn’t mean that I have to make an exact copy of a card. When I CASE a card, I like to add a bit of my own creativity to make it come out a little different. What I did to make this happen for this project was to make the Whisper White Card Base mat the colored cardstock on which I stamped. I also definitely wanted these cards to be Valentine Cards, so I die-cut the sentiment with one of the smaller hearts from the Sweet & Sassy Framelits set. Finally, as I had some of the luscious new 1/4″ White Organza Ribbon from the Stampin’ Up! 2018 Occasions Catalog, I wanted to use that instead of the white ribbon used in the original.


So that’s my CASE for this Stampin’ Up! Only Challenge! See how easy it is? We would love it if you’d come on over to the blog and enter your own CASE of a project in any Stampin’ Up! catalog. Here are the products I used for this project. You can click on any of the small pictures below and go directly to my Stampin’ Up! store to read more about it and even buy it if you’d like. Or you can just go to my Stampin’ Up! store to shop for anything any time, 24/7!

Posted on : Feb 12 2018
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It’s Time for Valentine Cards!

Aloha, all!


My projects all this week will be Valentine’s Cards. Yes, I did get some birthday cards made over the weekend, and I think that I’ve got the beginning of February covered. But now I’ve got to get the middle of the month covered as I’ll be otherwise occupied at the beginning of next week. I’m finally going to have a cataract in my right eye removed. I’ve been ready for this for a long time, and I finally got the go ahead last month, and I’m scheduled for it next week. Where I live in Hawaii, it’s not just a matter of going to the doctor’s office and having it done and come home to go back for a check up the next day. Nope. I have to fly to Honolulu and stay overnight. And my husband has to come with me (not a problem – I love having him along). So it’s a project. The good news is that it will be done and over with! The bad news is that I don’t have much time left before that event, and the Valentine’s cards have GOT to be finished!


Oh, and what a perfect time to have the Stampin’ Up! Only Challenge this week be to make a Valentine Card! I love getting two things done with one project (I’m not killing two birds – I’m not even killing one. Poor things!)

This card is a CASE from one made by fellow Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, Linda Bauwin. Her card was not a Valentine’s Day card, but I could immediately see how I could use her design using a central heart rather than the oval shape she used for the front of the card.


The main step in this card is to create a mask using a shape that you’ve die-cut into a piece of cardstock that’s about the same size as the front of your card. Then you use the mask to lightly sponge in some color and finally stamp images over the sponged area. As I wrote that, I realized that the best way to tell you how this card is made is to give you a link to the tutorial that I gave to my monthly card-making class earlier this month. But I’ll still go on to tell you about the products that I used for this project.


The first step is to cut the heart out of the separate piece of cardstock using one of the hearts in the Sweet and Sassy Framelits set. I used the largest heart with the pointy tip on it so that it coordinated well with the shapes of the hearts that I was going to stamp onto the sponged heart. I sponged the heart all around the edges and then into the center area of the heart. It’s important to sponges all around the edges as just stamping the smaller hearts inside will not allow you to end up with a really recognizable heart shape unless you stamp way too many (for my taste at least).


The heart stamps that fill in the sponged heart are from the Heart Happiness Stamp Set in the Stampin’ Up! 2018 Occasions Catalog. For this card,  I used Blushing Bride Ink to sponge the background and I used Blushing Bride and Real Red Ink for the hearts I also used Real Red Ink for the word, Friend, stamped under the die-cut “Amazing.” This die-cut word is from one of the FREE Sale-A-Bration sets available during this year’s promotion. It’s also one that’s going to be carried over into the Annual Catalog, which is somewhat unusual for products in the Sale-A-Bration catalog. So I snatched it up as soon as I’d bought $100 worth of other products, which qualified me to be able to get the Celebrate You Thinlits set for FREE.


What’s really nice about this card is that, if you use the Thoughtful Banners Stamp Set for the word to go with the “Amazing,” you’ll be able to customize this for just about anyone on your Valentine Card list.

Inside the card, I stamped the “My Valentine” sentiment from the Bloomin’ Love Stamp Set that’s in the 2017-2018 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog. I’m using that inside most of my Valentine Cards this year just to keep things simple. I used Real Red Ink for it, too.

I hope this will do a little bit to inspire you to make a Valentine Card during this Stampin’ Up! Only Challenge, which goes on for 12 days, beginning today.

Here are the products I featured in this blog post. All of the products that I used for the project are listed in the tutorial to which I linked above. It’s a fun project to try!



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Posted on : Jan 29 2018
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Baby, It’s Cold Outside!

Aloha, all!


As  you undoubtedly know, I live in Hawaii, where we think it’s cold out if we wake up to something less than 60° F. Believe me, I’ve said, “Brrr!” several times this winter!


But nothing brings out the “Brrr” as much as the cold snaps that have been hitting the United States Mainland and Canada this week. So we at the Stampin’ Up! Only Challenge Blog thought that a “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” theme would be just the thing for our first challenge of 2018.

One image in the Stampin’ Up! catalog that always says “Brrr” to me in its native state is the Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. Every time I come across it, I am instantly reminded of what I think of as the scene in Northern Minnesota, looking through the birch trees at nothing but white snow. So you can imagine why this embossing folder was the first thing I thought of when I had to make a project for this challenge.


My first thought was to create a woodland scene with some blue sky and sparkling snow behind the image that the embossing folder makes. But, as I was standing at my work table contemplating how I might attack this design, it occurred to me that, if I used only Whisper White Cardstock that would create just the look I wanted. Another “but” – but that’s kind of boring. So I went back to where I’ve been a lot these past few weeks, the Eclipse Technique.  Hmmm. Now I had to figure out how I was going to accomplish this little project.


Here are the steps that I took. And believe me, I had to stop and make sure I was doing things right at every one of these steps:

  1. Cut letters and the exclamation point from plain Whisper White Cardstock. “Brrr” has one too many Rs, so it’s just “Brr!”
  2. Remove the dies from the cardstock and lay the basic white piece on a flat surface and fit all of the cut pieces back into the main piece.
  3. Take small pieces of an older, retired, Washi Tape (don’t want to waster the current stuff!) and place them on the letters to keep them in place when you lift the cardstock to put it in the embossing folder. The front of this card is my third try, with one of the first tries being when I used large pieces of Washi Tape. Yes, it usually comes off nicely, but not when it’s been pressed into place as it is smashed down by the Sizzix Big Shot inside an embossing folder. Can you say, “ripped paper”?
  4. Place the cut and taped piece into the embossing folder, making sure that the front of the cardstock faces the side which will make the trees pop out from the front of the card. I got Card #2 backwards.
  5. Run the embossing folder through the Big Shot.

After that, the instructions are the same as for any card you make using the Eclipse technique.


For my project, used Marina Mist Cardstock as my background color. I also used Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals instead of the Foam Adhesive Strips that I used in other projects. With the texture, I felt that these little pieces worked better than the strips.


So that’s it! I hope you’ll think about all that cold weather you’re either experiencing or have heard about and join in the newest SUO Challenge!

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Posted on : Jan 02 2018
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My Favorite Stampin’ Up! Image for Christmas 2017

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I have been SOOO late getting my Christmas cards out (am I the only one???). Yesterday I put all the East Coast USA cards in the mail – they should make it. Today, all the West Coast cards go in the mail (assuming I get off my duff after my first cup of coffee in the morning!). Yes, there are some in betweens, but some went with the East Coast and some will go with the West Coast. And, I hesitate to say, some will not go out until Wednesday. That’s cutting it close for real west coast such as California and Washington (no Oregon cards this year).


Of course, I’ve found myself short a few cards, and I was so glad to get an idea for one from this week’s SUO Challenges Blog – my favorite holiday image! Well, of course, being here in Hawaii, I had to grab something from the Beachy Little Christmas Stamp Set from the Stampin’ Up! 2017 Holiday Catalog!

Is this not the epitome of a Hawaiian Christmas Card?! Coconut palm trees at the shore. And that’s where they grow best. Sand and Salt Water are coconut palms’ friends!


As this is a “quick and dirty” type of card, I didn’t have much time to get the whole thing put together. My first thought was to use one of the stamp sets from the upcoming Occasions Catalog to make the sand and water. But, the way I was doing it, even the water was a bit suspect (cue an intro to the Waterfront Stamp Set). OK, so the water, using some darkist Pool Party, worked OK. But after that, I wondered where I was going to get the sand. I looked around my craft room and desperation set in. Aha! I still had (have) some Creamy Caramel ink lying around – including an old Stampin’ Write Marker. Wonderful! I had sand!!!


From there it was a cinch to finish the card, with a sentiment from the Beachy Little Christmas set.


While this is a one-time Stampin’ Up! Stamp Set (retires at the end of the Holiday Catalog period on January 2nd), it really goes well with the theme I put on my Christmas Card Envelopes every year. I order a return address label from an online printer that has a decorated Palm Tree on it, and I add an online decorated tree to my address labels. So this goes with the theme!


Speaking of themes – don’t forget that this challenge at SUO Challengeis for EVERYONE to enter. You don’t have to be a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator – just enjoy Stampin’ Up! products. Just use Stampin’ Up! products only in your project and enter it into the challenge!


Have fun with your ideas for this challenge!



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Posted on : Dec 18 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.




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Posted on : Dec 04 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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Thankful for Stampin’ Blends!

Aloha, all!

     Two events have crossed paths in my Craft Room this first week in November, and today I get to talk about them both!

     FIRST – It's, once again, time for the biweekly Stampin' Up! Only Challenge. The theme for this month of Thanksgiving in the United States is, "Thankful." I truly love making greeting cards with Fall colors, and our Thanksgiving time provides the perfect occasion for many types of cards.

     SECOND – We're in the first week of offering Stampin' Up!'s newest product – Stampin' Blends – for sale. These are Stampin' Up!'s newest and best alcohol markers that coordinate with Stampin' Up! colors. Over to the right there's a link to a page with much more information about these wonderful projects. Stampin' Up! demonstrators have had them already for several weeks and we're just having a blast with them. It makes coloring projects so easy to shade.

     That's how I came to have this particular card, colored with Stampin' Blends for the new SUO Challenge!

     Last year I made quite a few cards using this beautiful basket of gourds from the Basket of Wishes Stamp Set. But this year I could actually shade them much better, including adding several colors that blend together so well (thus the markers are called Stampin' BLENDS!).

     Here is a sample of the colors that I used for this project as I started designing this card.

     Once I finished coloring the basket, I decided to use one of the papers from the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack as a mat for the colored-in stamped image as well as the sentiment, from the same stamp set. After that I just matted it with the Pumpkin Pie and Old Olive Cardstock, both colors in the stamped image, tie them with some of the Jute Twine that's in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog, and mount it all on a Whisper White Cardbase. I have to tell you that that was just about the ugliest card I have made in years. Oh, I've made some doozies. But this one just took the cake. I have no idea what I was thinking when I just lined all those images up on a matted card. So, no, that's not what you see on this page.

     What you do see on this page is the central design that I rescued from the less than wonderful card. I had to lighten up and bit and make the card a lot more interesting if I was going to show it off anywhere buy in my craft room (even then I might have hid it somewhere). So I found a lovely Old Olive Print in the Petal Garden Designer Series Paper Stack. When I went looking for something else to add to the layering, I finally found what I really wanted and that was a bit of bling for the design – Gold!  I first added one of the Gold Foil Snowflakes from the Stampin' Up! 2017 Holiday Catalog

     For my second piece of gold, I got out my Gold Metallic Thread and played around with it a bit trying to make it work between the two stamped elements on the card front. Then I remembered all the cording I had made when I used to do counted thread work, and made some gold cording out of the thread. For those of you who make cording, I used three 30" pieces of the thread, folded the group in half and twisted the threads until it was a fairly lightly-wound cord. I let it fold back on itself. It was plenty long to be able to wrap in around to the back of the stamped layer and the wood print paper and adhere it in the back.

     Once I added the stamped layers to the card using Stampin' Dimensionals, I added several Gold sequins from the Metallic Sequins Assortment.

     This card is SOOO much better than the original. And, no, I didn't photograph that one before I started. It just wasn't worth a photograph. But the stamped and colored design was definitely worth keeping. I'll be sharing some more projects with Stampin' Blends later this week, with a bit more information about our best new product for this fall (my humble opinion).

     Here are the products I feature in this project. Let me know if I can answer any questions about any of them – and even the Stampin' Blends!


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Posted on : Nov 06 2017
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Christmas Treats!

Aloha, all!

     Once again it's time for the biweekly Stampin' Up! Only Challenge at 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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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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