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!


     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.


     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!


     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.


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


     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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Tea Bag Fun With Holiday Papers!

Aloha, all!

     When I first felt the This Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper from the Stampin' Up! 2016-2017 Annual Catalog, I knew it would be perfect for Tea Bag folding for Christmas cards! The reason is that it's not nearly as heavy as standard Designer Series Papers. Another benefit, is that there's more of it! There are 24 sheets in the package, with FOUR sheets of each of the 6 designs (most Designer Series Papers have only 2 sheets of each of 6 designs).

     So, with the biweekly Stampin' Up! Only Challenge this time a challenge to use Holiday Papers, I felt that this was a good time to try out my Tea Bag folding with the This Christmas papers.


     The Tea Bag Fold that I used here is called a "Rosette." I briefly thought about making a tutorial to show how to make it. But in this case, there are so many good tutorials available on the Internet, that I decided my time would be better spent making these lovelies than writing about how to make them. Set your browser to search for "Tea Bag Rosette," and you'll have lots of hits.

     Back to the Designer Series Papers! There are three designs from the This Christmas set in this card: The Garden Green and Cherry Cobbler floral print; the Cherry Cobbler striped print; and the Garden Green print with Holly Berries (for the Rosette and also the mat behind the Cherry Cobbler print).

     For the sentiment, I used the Banners for Christmas Stamp Set that's in the Stampin' Up! 2016 Holiday Catalog. If you look at the images in the catalog, you'll see that the words, "Peaceful" and "Christmas," are straight line stamps. But with this kind of a Photopolymer stamp, it's possible to arrange it into a bit of a curve without damaging the stamp at all. And that's what I did with these two words. It takes a bit of trial and error, but that's easily done with scrap paper. I stamped the banner itself using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, which is also a color in the Designer Series Paper. I cut the banner using the Bunch of Banners Framelits, also in the 2016-2017 Annual Catalog.

     To develop the layout for this card, I arranged everything on the front of the card before adhering any papers or stamped images to anything else. Even so, now that I look at the photograph, I think I could have scooched the vertical layers over to the left just a little bit more. Nonetheless, I do like the layout in general, and will likely use it again.

     I hope you'll take the time over the next two weeks to make a card of your own using some of Stampin' Up!'s Holiday Papers and enter them into the Stampin' Up! Only Challenge. This is really a fun challenge and we'd love to see how you use your holiday papers (oh, and "Holiday" doesn't refer just to Christmas – that Halloween Night Specialty Designer Series Paper is gorgeous with all that silver in it!)

     And here are the products I featured in today's project. I hope you'll like some of them enough to click on an image and go to my website to buy them!


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Posted on : Oct 10 2016
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Challenge Card: Thanks and Thanksgiving

Aloha, all!

     It's been a busy week! I spent most of last week getting ready for my card-making class on Friday plus being involved in activities of two clubs to which I belong. Finally today I can take a breather – and yikes, October will be over before the week is! And then it's November and the holidays really begin in earnest.

     The Stampin' Up! Only Blog Challenge focuses on just this realization that the holiday season is almost upon us. We usually wait until late October/early November before focusing on Thanksgiving projects. But many of our readers live in Canada, where Thanksgiving is celebrated much earlier than in the United States. And then there are those who are in Europe where Thanksgiving is not a holiday, or in the Southern Hemisphere, where Spring is in full swing, and the harvest we celebrate is a good half year away. So the challenge this time included just "Thanks" as well as Thanksgiving. My card could be a bit of both.


     I loved this set from the first time I saw it in the Stampin' Up! 2016 Holiday Catalog. Also ever since I saw the two images that make up the basket of vegetables, I wondered if I'd be able to do the masking needed to fit the veggies into the basket. The veggie stamp is really made to fit another basket in the stamp set, and that would have been an easy group to stamp. This, however, was a bit more complicated.  Usually, when you want one image to appear on paper in front of another image, you stamp the front image first, mask it with another copy of the image stamped on sticky note paper and then cut out. And finally, you stamp the image that's to appeard behind the first over the masked image. Simple!

     But that wouldn't work well with this basket. If I did it that way, the whole basket would be either in front of or behind the veggies. But I wanted one of the basket handles to be in front and one behind the veggies. There are the steps I took:

  • I inked up the basket with Early Espresso Ink. Then I wiped the ink off the part of the handle that would be on the left of the stamped image.
  • I created a mask for the basket, and cut out the part of the handle that I didn't stamp in the first step.
  • I stamped the veggies on top of the masked basket image. The part of the veggie image on the right appears stamped behind the right side of the basket handle.
  • I created a mask for the veggies and placed both the veggies mask and the partial basket mask over the stamped images.
  • Finally, I stamped the basket again over the masked images, just inking up the left side of the handle. This allowed parts of the basket handle on the left to show through where there were no veggie images.

     Now that I've got the masks all ready to go, I may just have to stamp this image again!

     As you might think by looking at the image, I used a LOT of Stampin' Write Markers to color in the veggies: Elegant Eggplant, Pumpkin Pie, Pear Pizzazz, Crushed Curry, Perfect Plum, Garden Green, and Always Artichoke. Then I used two more markers, Crumb Cake and Soft Suede to color in the basket. I think I got a cramp in my arm from pulling all those markers out of their storage spots and then putting them back! Who needs adult coloring books when you've got Stampin' Up! stamps like these!

     I cut the image out with one of the Layering Ovals Framelits, matted it with a slightly larger scalloped oval made of Soft Suede, and then a much larger scallop oval in Pear Pizzazz.

     For the sentiment, stamped in Soft Suede, I clipped the ends using the Banner Triple Punch, matted it with Soft Suede Cardstock, and then arranged a piece of 5/8" Burlap Ribbon and a small strip of Pear Pizzazz Cardstock to place undernearth the sentiment layers, which I adhered using small pieces of Stampin' Dimensionals. Oh, and this sentiment just cried out for hearts from the Regals Collection Enamel Dots (Always Artichoke color).

     There are quite a few Textured Impressions Embossing Folders that would have worked with this layout. I chose the Brick Wall Embossing Folder, mostly because it was already out on my work table (no, I hadn't cleaned up from my class yet when I made this).

     I hope you enjoyed my perhaps-not-very-clear instructions for doing the double masking. I certainly enjoyed doing it! And here are the featured products from Stampin' Up! that I used for today's card. Click on any of the images to learn more about them and buy them from my store, especially if today's project has inspired you to do that!

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Posted on : Sep 26 2016
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Not in the Catalog???? – A Fun Update

Aloha, all!

     Welcome to my post for the biweekly Stampin' Up! Only Challenge! And, man, was this a challenge! The theme this time is "Weather," and all I could think of was rain and snow. But right now it's a beautiful, bright, but very hot, day here in my spot in paradise. So I decided I wanted to show off "hot." Hmmm. How to do that.

     That's when my whole Hot Hawaii theme got away from me.


     First I wanted palm trees. But no matter how I twisted and turned the two palm trees in my collection, I didn't get the feeling I wanted. I'd recently seen a lovely card by a fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrator who lives in Florida, and I still want to CASE (Copy and Share with Everyone) it. But for the SUO Challenge, I really like to make something of an original design – or at least one I've not CASEd from someone. That's when I spotted another stamp in one of the sets I'd pulled out – a cactus!

     Oh, and did I mention that this is a CURRENT stamp set? Yup, but IT'S NOT IN THE CATALOG!  Those of you who've been around for a few years may remember that, for a while, Stampin' Up! offered a series of Photopolymer Stamp Sets online; but they never put them in a catalog. Don't ask why; I don't know. But that's the way it is. So the Greetings From Photopolymer Stamp Set is still available! It's great for scrapbooking travel. But it also has a palm tree – and a cactus! Oh, and a small sun stamp.

Now here's the fun update – as of today, this stamp set is now on Stampin' Up!'s Clearance Page! That means it won't be around for long AND it's on sale!  Instead of $14, it's on sale as of today for $6.98 – %50 off!!!

Now back to our regularly scheduled blog post!

    Before I even started on this journey towards the cactus, I'd decided on the paper I was going to use. In fact, that's really what started this whole thing. In the By the Shore Designer Series Paper set, there's a sheet that looks to me like it's sand in a desert, with a hot sun beaming down on it. Sweltering is the word that comes to mind when I see it. Thus the "hot" in my theme.

     Once I found the cactus and the sun, the design was complete. Oh, but what about a sentiment? I tried lots of ideas, and even my husband, who's usually very supportive, nixed them all. So the result was that I was going to post a card with no sentiment, and just make it a note card. But life reared it's inevitable head, and I found out my grandson had just been attacked by a neighborhood dog. Yikes! Definitely back and forth between here and Washington where he lives. But for sure I had to send a Get Well card! And there it was – just begging for a get well message, and that was that!

     Finally, I thought that I didn't want the card to look too plain, so I used my new Festive Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. I think it complements this card well!

     And here are the links to today's featured products. This is a great way to find that non-catalog Greeting From stamp set – just click on the picture and you'll go right to my Stampin' Up! store to find out more about it and how you can buy it. Great for cards as well as scrapbooks! Oh, and don't forget to enter the current SUO Challenge – All Kinds of Weather!


Posted on : Sep 12 2016
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Another Family Birthday!

Aloha, all!

     Sunday was the birthday of my sister, Andrea. This card did not get into the mail in time for her birthday, but I hope she likes it when she gets it!


     The really fun part about this card is that we on the Stampin' Up! Only Challenge Design Team were challenged to make a card using Primary Colors. Those colors, of course. are Red, Blue and Yellow. Our challenge suggested some sets of Stampin' Up! colors, but we weren't required to use those sets. Nonetheless, I chose a set of colors from the Stampin' Up! Brights Collection of Colors: Real Red, Pacific Point, and Daffodil Delight.

     The Primary Colors challenge was to be a bit different from our usual late August/early September theme of "Back to School." In trying to come up with a somewhat similar theme, I remembered my favorite part of going back to school in my early grade school years – and that was getting a brand new box of crayons. I'm likely dating myself by remembering that there was a time that I didn't know that Crayola Crayons came in anything but a pack of 8. Oh, the swoon when I got my first pack of 16!

     But back to today's project. It's pretty simple – I punched balloons with the Balloon Bouquet Punch, using the three colors of Cardstock. Then I cut simple 3/4" rectangles using the papers from the Bright Collection Designer Series Paper Stack. After I ran the Whisper White later through the Big Shot with the Large Polka Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, I drew on the "strings" for the balloons and arranged them in a Balloon Bouquet (that's why the punch is called that, huh?).

     To finish off the card front, I added a bow using Real Red 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon, and then a banner punched, stamped with Thoughtful Banners Stamp Set Images and punched with the Duet Banner Punch.

     So simple! I'm sure that you can come up with something even better than my quick and simple card – and then go on over the SUO Challenge Website and enter our challenge! We'd love to see your creation there. The challenge is open until a week from Saturday, so you have plenty of time to get your creation finished and posted.

     Here are the products that I used for my project. Just click on the picture of any of them to be whisked away to my very own Stampin' Up! store where you can order any one of them – or other products from Stampin' Up!


Posted on : Aug 29 2016
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Cute and Cuddly!

Aloha, all!

     Once again it's time for the Stampin' Up! Only Challenge, and what a challenge it was for me. You have to know that I'm one of the group that's involved in deciding what our challenge themes are going to be. When we came up with the theme, "Cute and Cuddly" for this challenge, I had no idea that I would still not have bought any of the Stampin' Up! Stamp Sets that have cute and cuddly animals – which is what I was thinking when I agreed to this theme! Yikes! OK, I have the Fox stamps, and I could make a kitty out of that set. But I just wasn't happy with that idea so I kept looking.

     Finally I found a teeny little baby "onesie" in the stamp set, Every Occasion. OK. When it comes to cute and cuddly, it's hard to beat how cute and cuddly a baby is! So the onesie it was.

     But what to do with it.  It finally occurred to me that I was just not in a "cute" mood. But I had to get this card made, so I had to do something. I started rummaging through my Designer Series Papers, and out popped the Playful Pallette Designer Series Paper Stack. The word "playful" caught my eye, and I thought, "Why not play with it." So that's why there are these bright colors in what will some day be a baby shower card!



     And I think that, after all, it did turn out kind of, well, cute!

    I stamped the little onesies using two of the new Stampin' Up! 2016-2017 In Colors, Peekaboo Peach and Sweet Sugarplum. Hey, if those color names aren't just meant for a baby, I don't know what would be! Then I took off with the embellishments, adding a heart to each of the onesies and then ribbon to match both of the onesie colors. I matted the center stamped element and the background papers using another of the new In Colors, Emerald Envy.

     I fussed around with the idea for a greeting, but decided I'd just put one inside. The purpose of this card is pretty obvious, so I don't think it needs something on the front.

     Here are the products I'm featuring in today's project, and I hope you'll find at least one of them cute enough to click on the picture to find out more about it – and even to buy it for your next card, even if it's not a baby card! Have fun with whatever you make!!


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Posted on : Aug 15 2016
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A Triple Banner Die!

Aloha, all!

     I am so excited finally to be showing off one of my favorite new Sizzix Framelits Dies from the 2016-2017 Stampin' Up! Catalog. And it comes at a perfect time, as it's time for the new Stampin' Up! Only Challenge, with its new theme of "Delightful Dies."


     When I first looked through the current Stampin' Up! Catalog – when it was still only online – and I came across so many die-cut banners, I could hardly wait to get to the back of the catalog to see what the whole framelit set would look like. Of the 5 dies in this set, this one is my absolute favorite!  Three banners in one! And yes, there is a stamp set that has the perfect banner for cutting.

     The dies are in the Bunch of Banners Framelits Set, and the stamped triple banner is in the Banners For You Stamp Set. The best deal to get BOTH of these products is a Stampin' Up! bundle for a 10% savings over the price of each of these sets individually. Of course, I had to have this, and what fun this card was to make with them!

     In the stamp set, there are lots of words and phrases that you can use to fill up both this triple banner as well as other banners in both sets. But I chose just to use one phrase three times – Happy Birthday – from the Birthday Banners Stamp Set (yes, I had to get that to go with the Bunch of Banners Framelits Set, too!).

     The paper that I used for this really accents the Birthday theme perfectly. It's from the A Little Foxy Designer Series Paper Stack. Yes, there are foxes and mushrooms in this set. But most of the sheets in the set can be used for so many other projects than just the Fox suite of products. The colors in the paper set are Pool Party and Calypso Coral. So I added some Calypso Coral Thick Baker's Twine to tie the whole project together.

     Once again, I had so much fun with this project! It was for a special friend, so I even added a little Calypso Coral heart from the Subtles Enamel Shapes set!

     For my list of products today, I'm including only the bundle that includes the Framelits Die set and the Banners for You Stamp Set. Of course you may buy them individually. But at a 10% savings, I'd go for the bundle! Just click on the photo of any product to go to my personal Stampin' Up! store to get more information about these products – which you can buy from me, too!


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Posted on : Aug 01 2016
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Black and White – And Daffodil!

Aloha, all!

     Here we are with another Stampin' Up! Only Challenge, and it's one of my favorites! The theme this time is "Black and White, With a Pop of Color." It's hard to resist using the new Stampin' Up! Pop of Pink Suite of products, but I did. Instead I pulled out a stamp set I'd bought over a year ago just so I could stamp one of the images in a black and white setting.


     The stamp set, of course is the Remarkable You Stamp Set, and the flower is the gorgeous Calla Lily. I just love a white Calla Lily with its spadix of yellow flowers peeking out from the center. So what better flower to use for this kind of a challenge than the Calla Lily from this stamp set.

     Even though the challenge is Black and White, I made this card with Very Vanilla Cardstock as I wanted to use one of the sheets from the Playful Pallette Designer Series Paper Stack, and the "white" in this stack is Very Vanilla.

     My "Pop of Color" is Daffodil Delight, both Ink (for the Spadices) and just a hint of a layer of Daffodil Delight cardstock behind the stamped image.

     For the final touch for this card, I tied a bow made with Very Vanilla 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon around the stamped/Daffodil Delight layer. Then I adhered this to the rest of the card with Stampin' Dimensionals to gift these layers a bit of a pop up from the card base.

     This was definitely fun, and I hope you'll try some of the fun yourself by joining in the SUO Challenge this time!


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Posted on : Jul 18 2016
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