Up In The Sky – Things That Fly!

Aloha, all!

     It's time for the new challenge over at the Stampin' Up! Only Challenge blog! This time we changed it up a bit and just picked a theme out of the air. Or, in the air, actually. It's "Things That Fly" this time around, and flying was immediately on my mind when I had the time set aside to make my card for this week's challenge.

     For me, it was flying as in all the airline reservations I've had to make for another of our marathon trips to the United States Mainland next month. There are 8 airplanes on this card, and you'd think that would be enough. But, no. We have to take 12 planes to get to all the places on our itinerary this time around. I was going to try to get all 12 on a card, but I couldn't figure out the design. I had a circle in my head – because we're starting and returning to the same place – home! And this card is large enough (5" x 7") that I didn't want to go large enough for those 12 planes.

     First about the card. Graduation time is coming up, and I'm sure to need a graduation card this year. What a great sentiment to someone who's starting a new part of his or her life – "The Sky's the Limit"! And, of course, the finishing touch with the "Huge Congrats" stamp. All three of these stamps come from different Stampin' Up! Stamp set, all of which are currently available on the Stampin' Up! website.

  •      The plane stamp is in a set that is on the Clearance Rack at Stampin' Up! for a lot less than the $13.95 I paid for it a couple of years ago. The stamp set is called, "Greetings From," and is not only a great set for scrapbooking, but it has wonderful little elements that are great on cards – such as this cute little plane. Get it while it lasts!
  •      The "Sky's the Limit" stamp is from the "Over the Rainbow" stamp set, which is in Stampin' Up!'s annual catalog, and is still very much available.
  •      The "Huge CONGRATS" stamp is from a set called, "Watercolor Wishes," and that's only available as part of an all-inclusive kit called (amazingly) Watercolor Wishes.

     I chose the colors for the planes before I went about figuring out what I was going to use as cardstock and Designer Series Papers. That's why the Daffodil Delight planes look a bit different. I originally made those planes another color. But then, when I went to find paper, I fell in love with the idea of the striped sheet from the Party Animal Designer Series Paper from the Stampin' Up! 2017 Occasions Catalog. The quickest way for me to "fix" my project was just to stamp the plane outlines on Daffodil Delight, cut them out, and glue them over the color that was on there. And, yes, I considered doing that for all the planes; but, no, I didn't want to spend any more time fussy cutting.

     As for my travel next month, all of our plane reservations are made. And so far, 4 of the flight time departures and/or arrivals have changed. One of them involves a change with gives us less than an hour between flights in Atlanta, and one for a similarly short time in Minneapolis. Yikes, those are big airports!!! I guess I should wear good walking (running?) shoes!

     More about my travels later on this month. For now, here are the stamp sets, paper and tools I used for this card. Just click on any of the photos to go directly to my Stampin' Up! store to find out more about them – and even to order them, which would be a really good thing, especially for that stamp set on the clearance rack!

 


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Posted on : Mar 13 2017
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Green is the Color of March!

Aloha, all!

     When I was a child, the month of March meant two things to me: first, the grass in our front yard started turning to green and, second, it meant that St. Patrick's Day was going to be coming soon. Yes, I grew up in a family that was more than half Irish. My mother's family on both sides were immigrants from Ireland (County Roscommon) and my father's family, though possessed of a very German name, had Revolutionary War naval hero, John Barry (County Wexford), as an ancestor. So, when the theme for the current Stampin' Up! Only Challenge (suochallenges.com) came up as "Celebrating Green," what could I do but make a St. Patrick's Day card!

     Now, you know that this is a "Stampin' Up! Only" challenge. So where did I find those shamrocks, you might well ask. If you look closely at these shamrocks and at the Stampin' Up! Over the Rainbow Stamp Set, you might see that I used the little watercolor-style heart to form the leaflets of those little shamrocks. I was amazed at how easy it was to stamp those photopolymer hearts into a shamrock. I could see right through the clear block on which I mounted the stamp and these are the three and only shamrocks I stamped. No muss, no fuss!

     After that, I had to figure out what I was going to do with those little gems. After a bit of thought, I went with the tried and true technique of die-cutting them with some squares (in this case, the smallest of the Stitched Shapes Framelits squares. And, of course, since the newest 2017 Sale-a-bration FREE products have just been introduced, I had to add in some of the Mint Macaron Glimmer Paper from the brand new 6" x 6" Glimmer Paper Assortment Pack. I'd already worked a bit with this Glimmer Paper and have decided that the best accent color to use with it is Garden Green. So I mounted the matted squares on some Garden Green Cardstock and then onto another layer of the Mint Macaron Glimmer Paper.

     For my original design (just below this paragraph) I simply added a stamped Happy St. Patrick's Day greeting from the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set, stamped onto Whisper White Cardstock, and die cut with a shape from the Bunch of Banners Framelits set.

     This is the card that I had at this point. I thought it needed something more, but nothing I could think of at the moment worked the way I wanted. I even asked my husband to come look at the card to see if he thought it looked liked a finished card. Even he hesitated, but then said, "It looks fine." Hmmm. It wasn't until the next morning when I walked in and looked at it again (after all the photographing and editing) and thought, "Gold"! Of course. It needed gold. The first thing that I did was to add some of the Metallic Enamel Shapes. I forget that I have those metallic shapes – I have got to keep them out so I remember how fun they are! And that looked so cool, and really upped the design of the card.

     Still, it needed something more. I glanced around and spotted my almost-depleted spool of Gold Metallic Thread. No, I did not take the card apart to get that metallic thread under the squares. I wound some thread around my fingers, squirted some of the glue from the Fine-Tip Glue Pen under the center square on both sides, and just pushed some of that thread underneath. Yes, it might have been neater if I'd just started the card over again. But this was my card design, and I was sticking (literally) to it!

     One of the projects that I made for my March Newsletter includes another fun project featuring a different way to create shamrocks. Now's the time to sign up for my newsletter to make sure that you get to see that project (I won't share it here) and get a tutorial for making it!

     If you're interested in making this project, here are the products that you can purchase in my very own Stampin' Up! shop online! Just click on any of the pictures below to get to the store and order any of the products you'd like to help you with some fun St. Patrick's Day cards. I've listed each of the stock numbers at the very end should you wish just to enter them all into an order form with little fuss!

Over the Rainbow Stamp Set: 138770
Stitched Shapes Framelits: 145372
Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set: 127802
Bunch of Banners Framelits: 141488
Metallic Enamel Shapes: 141678
Gold Metallic Thread: 138401
Fine-Tip Glue Pen: 138309


Posted on : Feb 27 2017
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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Aloha, all!

     Finally it's Valentine's Day, and I get to share my last Valentine's Card for this year with you. Actually, this "Love" card would be good for lots of occasions. But I have one special sweetheart to whom I'd like to give a flower today, and this kind of flower is the perfect kind for him. It also falls right into today's beginning of the biweekly Stampin' Up! Only Challenge (suochallenges.com)! That's because our challenge this time is to feature products from Stampin' Up!'s Sale-a-bration catalog. Actually, before this challenge is over, I think I can say, "catalogs" as, starting a week from today, there will be an additional flyer with three new Sale-a-bration products available with any Stampin' Up! $50 purchase!

     This card features two Sale-a-bration products! The ribbon is one of the two spools in the 3/8" Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack in the original 2017 Sale-a-bration Catalog. And the Bermuda Bay Glimmer Paper will be in the 6" x 6" Glimmer Paper Assortment Pack, available next Tuesday. I've already shared some paper from this pack with you in the last week, but this is your introduction to the Bermuda Bay color. Is this not just the prettiest Glimmer Paper?! And, of course, you know by now (if you've been reading my posts) that the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits Set is unavailable for ordering until two weeks from today. But it will be back in stock on the 27th, so mark your calendar if you're thinking about ordering this Thinlit set!

     I hope you have an absolutely wonderful Valentine's Day today, and that you've enjoyed making cards and gifts using Stampin' Up! products this Valentine's season as much as I have. But now it's on to catch up with my Birthday Card stash before I start in on Easter fun! The fun just doesn't stop in my Craft Room!

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Posted on : Feb 13 2017
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Sealed With a Kiss!

Aloha, all!

     Earlier this week, I told you about my project that I used for the biweekly challenge blog, Stampin' Up! Only Challenges. I had CASEd (Copy And Share with Everyone) a project from the latest issue of CardMaker Magazine. For today's project, I have a project that I CASEd from one of the other SUO Challenge Design Team members – fellow Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Pam Staples.

     I didn't quite copy Pam's design entirely, but the layout of the stamped and embellished layer is pretty close to hers. The main differences were that I used Soft Sky as the color for the splashed background, I used Gold Foil for the arrow and little hearts, I used one of the square Stitched Shapes Framelits for the sentiment element, and I didn't emboss the lips. Emboss the lips?  You bet – with the fun Real Red Glitter Embossing Powder that carried over from the 2016 Holiday Catalog. The Sealed With Love Bundle, that includes the stamp set and framelits is from the 2017 Occasions Catalog. The splashed background is from the Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Set that's in the 2016-2017 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog. And those two little hearts? They're from the Owl Builder Punch. I hardly ever use that owl figure much any more. But the heart and the circles in that punch are oh so useful! So lots going on here with a variety of Stampin' Up! Catalogs and products!

     And of course now I have made a Valentine's Day card with a color other than Red! But I still want to try out some other different color combos before I finish with this year's Valentines. I have another few days before I have to quit and get mine sent out. I'll be sure to share them here.

     For now, here are the products that I used for this card. There are a lot more than I usually use in a card. But I was on a roll when I started pulling products off the shelf in my Craft Room!

 


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Posted on : Feb 03 2017
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Another Valentine’s Card!

Aloha, all!

     It's time for another edition of the Stampin' Up! Only Challenge, and I think this is always my favorite of the whole year. It's time to get all those Valentine's Day Cards done, and that's the challenge!

     I have been working like crazy to get lots of Valentine's Cards done this year because I think that the Sealed with Love Stamp Set and the Sending Love Designer Series Paper (DSP) Stack in the 2017 Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog is one of the best combinations I've seen in a long time!

     Add to that paper and stamp set combo the wonderful shapes from the Love Notes Framelits Dies, and you have just about everything you need for great Valentine's Cards (well, except for the Real Red Ink and Whisper White Cardstock, which you probably already have in your stash)!

     For today's card, I also added a gorgeous stamp (IMHO) from the FREE Sale-a-bration Delicate Details Stamp Set.  That's the lace stamp across the card, under the hearts. I used the small heart Framelit from the Framelits Set to cut hearts from scraps of paper from the Sending Love DSP Stack.

     Oh, and I love how the teeny white hearts are spaced on the sheet of the DSP that I used for the mat for the stamped layer of this card. They are spaced perfectly to be cut to sizes that typically appear as layers on a 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" card base (this fits into an A2 or "medium" size envelope).

     My final touch on this card was a sprinkling of Pearl Basic Jewels.

     If you are a reader of CardMaker Magazine, you just might recognize this layout. Yes, it's a CASE (Copy And Share with Everyone) from a card in their article about simple Valentine's Day Cards using small hearts. I've created a couple of other cards using these layouts, and am sharing them with you this month also. It's just a great magazine for ideas even though they use Stampin' Up! products a bit too infrequently for my taste. Nonetheless, I can usually find Stampin' Up! products to make with their design ideas!

     Speaking of products, here are the products that I featured in today's project. Click on any of the pictures to go to my Stampin' Up! Store to order any of them. Or just give me a call, and I can help you place the order if you'd prefer!

     Happy Stamping!

DID YOU NOTICE!? Buy the Sealed With Love Bundle and the Sending Love Designer Series Paper – and get the Delicate Details Stamp Set FOR FREE!

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Posted on : Jan 30 2017
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Embossing and More Embossing!

Aloha, all!

     Once again it's time for the Stampin' Up! Only Challenge, the biweekly challenge for all lovers and users of Stampin' Up! paper crafting products. The new challenge is "Embossing of All Kinds." There are so many ways of embossing that we're really looking forward to seeing what people come up with for their challenge entries.

     But for today, I'm going to share with you my own Design Team entry for the challenge.

     For this project, I'm featuring two kinds of embossing. The first is on the heart in the middle of the project, cut with one of the hearts from the Sweet & Sassy Framelits set, using Watermelon Wonder Cardstock. I heat embossed the sentiment from the Sealed with Love Stamp Set (from the new Occasions Catalog) using Versamark Ink and White Stampin' Emboss Powder. I added a larger heart behind the stamped and embossed heart for a nice bit of matting.

     The other kind of embossing is that which you can make using Stampin' Up!'s Textured Impression Embossing Folders. For this project, I used the Happy Hearts Textured Impressions Embossing Folder on both a piece of Blushing Bride Cardstock and a piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock.  I twisted the Very Vanilla layer a bit so it showed up more under the Blushing Bride Layer. Wouldn't you know when I went to upload all the projects by the Stampin' Up! Only Design Team, the one right next to mine has this same kind of offsetting layers. Hmmm. Is that "great minds"?

     I tied my project all together with a piece of the brand new Very Vanilla 1/4" Satin Ribbon, and then one of the larger pieces from the Rhinestone Basic Jewel set.

     Now for a few side notes on "issues" I had with the heat embossing. First of all, I've always thought that the "white" embossing powder (not just Stampin' Up!'s, but others, too) looks more like a cream color than the white that's in the Whisper White Cardstock. So that's why I used Very Vanilla cardstock and ribbon as accents in this card. On the other hand, my container of White Stampin' Emboss Powder may be just a tad too old to be as nice as I'd want it. So it goes on my next Stampin' Up! order.

     The next issue was that I really wanted the accents to be gold. But no matter what I did, I found that the gold embossing didn't shine like I wanted it to. So my first thought was that the gold embossing powder was too old. But then I realized that my Versamark Pad might not be juicy enough. First subproblem: my Versamark Reinker is a bit too much on the thick side. Can you say, "old"? But, while the gold embossing was definitely better with more Versamark ink, it still wasn't up to what I consider par. So out came the White Stampin' Emboss Powder, which I covered in the previous paragraph.

     Let's see, that's 1, 2, 3, 4 products to add to my next Stampin' Up! order. Oh, and I may just have to add that Real Red and Emerald Envy embossing powder that I never ordered from the 2016 Holiday catalog. Oh it will be a fun week next week when that box hits my doorstep!

     Here are the products I used in this project. Don't forget that, until the end of March, for every $50 you spend you get to pick a FREE PRODUCT from the Sale-a-bration Catalog!  Oooh, that means I'll be getting some of that fun stuff, too!

 


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Posted on : Jan 16 2017
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More New Stuff!

Aloha, all!

     Welcome to the very first project of the year made for one of the Stampin' Up! Only Challenges! Of course the theme revolves around the "new stuff" that Stampin' Up! has coming out in its newest catalogs tomorrow – January 4, 2017! That's when the Stampin' Up! 2017 Occasions Catalog and the Stampin' Up! 2017 Sale-a-bration Catalog go live! My project for this challenge – and for you today – includes my current most favorite product in the new Occasions Catalog, the Window Box Thinlit Die set.

     This Thinlits set is SOOOO much fun to use, and I've already made several of the boxes using different cardstock, papers and embellishments. For today's post, I chose one made with Whisper White Thick Cardstock and with a variety of Mint Macaron-colored products. Those that you can see from this photo are the Mint Macaron 3/8" Sheer Linen Ribbon, a Mint Macaron colored print paper from the Blooms and Bliss Designer Series Paper set adhered under the decorative die on the top;, and another Mint colored sheet from the new Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper set, matted with some Mint Macaron Cardstock.

     On this side, you can see one of the square Thinlits from the Window Box set that can be used on the side of the box. I mounted this on a layer of Mint Macaron print, then created a square frame for it using Stampin' Up!'s Layering Squares Framelits Dies and Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies. I like the way that there's a bit of a textured feature between the cutting lines on this frame.

     In this straight-on view of the box top, you can better see how pretty the decorative die is with the paper behind it. And there's a bit more Mint Macaron as I used Mint Macaron Classic Ink to stamp the sentiment with a stamp from the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set that's punched with the Classic Label Die.

     I found this box really easy to make. It does take a bit more time than making a greeting card, but the end product is so worth it! The best part of this project is that the top opens and closes, and LOTS of candy can fit inside! Or jewelry? Hmmm, that's what I'd like to see in it! But what made this box so easy to make was that I took the time to view the video that Stampin' Up! has made with hints about how to put the box together and how to use the various parts of this set. Here's the video – well worth your time if you're planning on purchasing this set!

 

 

     Tomorrow – the day that the Occasions and Sale-a-bration Catalogs go live – I'll have a list of all the products that I've used in my blog post projects the last few days. Meanwhile, if you have any questions or comments, be sure to post them in the comment section below!

     Happy Stamping!

 


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Posted on : Jan 02 2017
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The Other “Elegant” Card!

Aloha, all!

     Earlier this week, I posted about a card that I'd made for the biweekly Stampin' Up! Only Challenge. I mentioned that I'd made two cards, and played Eeenie-Meenie-Miny-Moe to pick which one to post with the Design Team photos for this challenge. Today I'm sharing the other card!

joy

     This card uses the same Wondrous Wreath Thinlits set, the same Holly Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, and the same colors – Real Red and Very Vanilla. It's just that I used different shapes for this card. Oh, and I used one of the circle shapes from the Stitched Shapes Framelits set.

     Besides adding a bow to the top of the ornament – this time made from the Real Red 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon – I also added some Rhinestone Basic Jewels around the center of the round ornament. They sparkle in real life a bit more than they sparkle under the lens of a camera!

     So I have 2 more Christmas cards to add to my stash. I now have 70 hand made cards to send out – and a bunch more than I'll be making as part of classes or challenges this week. Oooh, I may need to buy more stamps!!! At least I haven't made too many that require extra postage – but I have some of those Butterfly Stamps ready and waiting for those cards to have notes written in them! Next week is some R&R time for my husband and me at a local Hawaiian vacation spot. The cards will go along and I'll have them ready to drop off at the post office on the way home!

     Here are the products I featured in today's project. Don't forget to order yours from my very own Stampin' Up! store!

 


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Posted on : Dec 08 2016
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Holiday Elegance!

Aloha, all!

     Here we are with the second Stampin' Up! Only Challenge for this Winter Holiday Season. Last time the challenge theme was Holiday Cuteness. This time we're going in another direction, towards Holiday Elegance. So I couldn't dig out the Cookie Cutter cuties or the various snow people, foxes and bears, oh my! No, I had to get something a bit fancier out onto my work table.

noel

     I bought the Delicate Ornaments Thinlits set a few weeks back, and immediately put it away with some other Christmas dies that I wasn't quite ready to use this year (too much else to do to take the time?). But with this challenge, it seemed the perfect set to break out and finally make a card with it. Actually, I made TWO cards with the set, and had to choose between the two cards once I got them both done. It came down to "eeny-meeny-miny-moe." This one won. But the other one has its merits, too, so I'll share it with you in a couple of days.

     I really wanted a Real Red and Very Vanilla card, and I also wanted some texture to the card. That's why I broke out another set I've not yet used this season, the Wondrous Wreath Thinlits dies. With the two words – Noel and Joy – that are more on the elegant side, I thought they'd go perfectly with the theme. And the texturizing with the Holly Textured Impressions Embossing Folder I think made the perfect background for this whole set.

     I recently read a tip for applying adhesives to these delicate dies that has made all the difference in how I approach them. To begin, I really like the Tombow Liquid Glue that Stampin' Up! sells. I find it really sets up as a good adhesive, especially in the humid tropical rain forest environment in which I live. But it can be messy and frequently squishes out from the edge of the die cuts. Anyway, what I read is to use the teensy brushes that some people use to apply false eyelashes. So I bought some, and they're perfect for doing this kind of glue application. I just put a couple of dots of liquid glue on various parts of the die cut cardstock and then use the teensy brush to spread it around. No mess on my fingers and no extra glue squishing out to mess up the background.

     With everything glued on just like I wanted it, I tied the project together with some of the yummy Very Vanilla 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon. Love that stuff!

 


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Posted on : Dec 05 2016
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Happy Birthdays – Mass Production!

Aloha, all!

     I may have mentioned before that I am the person responsible for making sure that all members of one of my service clubs gets a birthday card in the mail. Of course, any birthday card that I send is handmade! In order to make this less of a chore and more of a creative challenge, I choose to make two or three months' worth of cards all at once. That means that the cards have to be fairly easy to mass produce. Today I thought I'd share with you my latest card in this program. Besides that, the current SUO Challenge is "All Kinds of Celebrations," and making these cards to celebrate birthdays certainly fills that bill!

fiestafemininecard

     This is one of two slightly different designs that I chose for birthdays from the beginning of November through the first week of January. For this set of birthdays, there are 7 women and 7 men to whom I need to send cards. The slight difference is that, for the women's cards I feature a bow at the top of the card and for the men's cards, I simply tie a knot to embellish the ribbon.

fiestamasculinecard

          Now here's how I make this as quick and easy as possible:

gettingreadytagged

     To begin, I put all the card fronts together first, leaving the cutting and folding of the card bases and adhering the card fronts to them, until the last step. Then I got all of the pieces of the card fronts cut and lined up. My work area did not look like the work area in this photo as, at any one time, I had just one of the elements that make up the card front out in front of me. If you're interested in this process at a more detailed level, I plan to do the last of my Christmas Cards using this pattern, but with different papers, inks and embellishments. I need about a dozen more cards, and it's getting close to time to start addressing envelopes and writing notes!  AND I'll take photos of each step as I go along.

     Does this sound like a tutorial? Well, it is! And it will be FREE to those who are on my newsletter mailing list, which includes those who signed up for the 12 Weeks of Christmas Mailing List. I hope to be mailing out my newsletter by the end of this week – a bit late as, once again, my health hasn't been the best which has slowed things down in my craft room. BUT I'm much better now and ready to take on the week!

     Even though I have the products listed in the photos, above, I'd still like to share product links that will take you to my Stampin' Up! store in case you'd like to buy any of them. Once you've clicked any of the links, you can add any of the other products directly onto your order form. One of you mentioned that you'd like to have the product number in this presentation to help with the ordering. So, beginning this week, I'm including that in the product description below. Do let me know if you have any requests that would make your ordering easier!

     Happy stamping!

 


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Posted on : Nov 07 2016
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