Happy Birthday, Deb!

Aloha, All!

     My sister-in-law, Deb, had a birthday on Thursday, and today's card is the one that I made for her.  I didn't want to post it here until I was sure it had made it from Hawaii to her home on the east coast.  Certainly by now it has.  I'm writing this on Friday afternoon in Hawaii, and it's probably a bit late to be calling her to find out. So here goes, and I hope you don't get to enjoy it before she does!

     Oh, and there's another fact about this card that I must share and that is that it is the original design of fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrator, Mary Brown, the "Stamper Camper."  I just loved the way she made this card and I had to copy it with my own colors.


     What fun it was to make this card – and you would not believe how easy!

     The first step was to create my card base – Whisper White Cardstock, embossed with the Spring Flowers Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  Then I cut a piece of paper from the Stacked With Love Designer Series Paper Stack using the largest die in the Deco Labels Collection Framelits.  Then I trimmed the die-cut piece to fit on the front of the card.

     This is when I cut the middle sized butterfly from the Butterflies Thinlits Dies set. The next step was to adhere the die cut paper to the card front, with the embossed card front showing through the area from which the butterfly had been cut.  Then I applied Glue Dots to the center part of the butterfly and adhered that back into the place where it had been cut out of the Designer Series Paper. I just LOVE this look!

     The last step was to cut the Hello image (from the Hello You Thinlits Dies set) out of Whisper White Cardstock.  I adhered that to the front of the card using Multipurpose Adhesive – just a few drops around the back of the letters and that image is definitely going to stay put!

     You may notice that the top of the "h" sits on top of a butterfly wing.  That's how I originally saw this done.  But just before I put it in an envelope to send to Deb, I flipped that wing out and set if free!  I liked that much better for this card!

     I hope you enjoyed reading about this project, and I also hope you'll find it fun enough to purchase some of the Stampin' Up! products that I used in it.  Here's information about the featured products.  If you click on any of the pictures, you'll be whisked away to my very own Stampin' Up! store where you can buy any that you wish.  If you have any questions, just leave a comment and let me know!




Posted on : Feb 06 2015
Posted under Sizzix, Stamping |

Another Valentine to Warm a Heart!

Aloha, all!

     My first Valentine of the season used one of the sentiments from the Sheltering Tree Stamp Set, and I just couldn't put it away!


     I originally got the stamp, "you warm my heart," out to CASE (Copy And Share with Everyone) a card by one of my Stampin' Up! Demonstrator friends, Terri TankShe made her card as part of a challenge a week or so ago, and I just loved the simplicity of it.  Her colors were a bit different, but the idea is just the same.  In fact, I liked this card so much that I used it as a Make and Take card in a workshop I held earlier this week. 

     The 1" strips of Designer Series Paper are from the Stacked With Love Designer Series Paper Stack that's in the Stampin' Up! 2015 Occasions Catalog.  The strips in this card are 3-1/4" wide, but I also tried a card with 3-1/2" wide strips, and both work nicely with this layout.  For the background behind the strips, I cut a piece of Real Red Cardstock as wide as the strips and 4" high (that allows for a 1/4" space top and bottom and 1/4" between each of the strips).  Soooo simple!

     Then for the heart decorations, I used the heart shape from the Itty Bitty Punch Pack to punch hearts from both Real Red and Crisp Cantaloupe Cardstock.  But before I adhered the hearts, I stamped the sentiment at the bottom using Real Red Classic Ink.  The Sheltering Tree stamp set is a Photopolymer stamp set, which makes getting that image right where you want it on the card SOOO easy!

     So – I have two of my Valentine cards made!  Hopefully next week I'll be able to make all the rest and get them mailed out in time for the holiday.  Nice that it's on a Saturday this year – one extra day to hope the mail gets there!

     If you'd like to use any of these products to get started on your own projects, just let me know (phone and e-mail contact information are up at the right), or you can order any of the products by clicking on the photo below, which will take you directly to my very own Stampin' Up! store!








Posted on : Feb 01 2015
Posted under Punches, Stamping |

Happy Birthday, Morgan!

Aloha, all!

     Well, even if this blog post is a day late, we did get the card in the mail to our oldest granddaughter, Morgan, in plenty of time for her January 29th birthday!


     Yes, indeed – Happy Birthday is written all over this card, even if the words aren't exactly there!  This stamp set is one of those that you can get FOR FREE as part of this year's Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration promotion!  Before I go into the "how" you can get this set for free, let's look at the other products in this card.

     The second best product is the brand new Brithday Bash Specialty Designer Series Paper.  I just LOVE the colors in this set and I REALLY LOVE the Gold Accents on the sheet with the balloons.  I tried hard to get that gold to shine in the photo, and there's one shining really well just to the right of the center layered element!  It definitely was special to add some gold to Morgan's card!

     I got the idea for using Stampin' Up! Blendabilities Markers for this project from one of the samples that's right in the 2015 Sale-A-Bration Catalog!  To go with the colors in the Designer Series Paper, I used Calypso Coral and Bermuda Bay Blendabilities, along with my Daffodil Delight markers.  The "yellow" in the paper design is Crushed Curry, but there are no Crushed Curry Blendabilities – yet!  I'm hoping for ALL the Stampin' Up! colors eventually to be carried in the Blendabilities line.

     The main cardstock I used for this card is Whisper White Cardstock, and I stamped the images using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.  Both of these are recommended as the paper/ink to use when you are going to be including Blendabilities – which are alcohol-based – in your project.  To mat the stamped element as well as the front background paper, I used Bermuda Bay Cardstock.  Then finally I tied my whole project together with some Crushed Curry 1/4" Polyester Ribbon, part of FREE Accessory Pack in the Sale-A-Bration Catalog.

     There are quite a few products in this project that you could get FOR FREE during Sale-A-Bration, including the Stamp Set, the Accessory Pack (which includes ribbons and buttons in three colors), and even two of the three sets of Blendabilities.  All you have to is to buy $50 worth of Stampin' Up! products – any products! – and you can pick one FREE product for EACH $50 you spend!  One of my friends just hosted a workshop and each of the people who attended purchased products from both the 2015 Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog and from the 2014-2015 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog.  And ALL of them received a free item from the Sale-A-Bration catalog.  That was a fun order for me to put in!

     How about you?  Do you have a few friends that might like to get together for a fun time stamping and order some Stampin' Up! products!  I'd be more than happy to help you out, even if you're not near where I have my craft room.  Just send me an e-mail or give me a call (the e-mail link and my phone number are up at the right!) and we'll get the planning started!

     And now here's a summary of the products I used in this project.  Those with a $0.00 price you can only get FREE through the Sale-A-Bration Catalog!









Posted on : Jan 30 2015
Posted under Announcement, Family and Garden, Stamping |

My First Valentine’s Card of 2015!

Aloha, all!

     Do you realize that next week is February already?!  Wow, and I usually try to send out a bunch of Valentine's cards – about two dozen more than I have made so far this year!  And I usually send out about two dozen (smile).

     So here's Number 1!


     Do you see how many of the 2015 Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog product I've tried to cram into this one card?  Yup, three!

     To begin, I wanted to use that fun new Happy Heart Textured Impressions Embossing Folder for the background of this card.  BUT I also wanted it to be in a landscape orientation – which is not how this embossing folder naturally works.  So what I did was to texturize one side of the layer I wanted to texturize.  Then I carefully set the already texturized back into the embossing folder, and ran the cardstock and embossing folder just about half-way through the Sizzix Big Shot, before backing it out again. This way I got both sides done with no line showing where either of the impressions started/stopped.  OK – I know I should be doing a video tutorial about this.  Once I get my own craft room back into service in March, I'll get back to that.  Promise!

     Then I used the Sweetheart Punch (not new with this catalog) to punch out several of the lighter colored papers from the Stacked With Love Designer Series Paper Stack.  I knew that I wanted five of the hearts to be centered both vertically and horizontally on this card front.  But some of the designs had just too much white in them to make them stand out at either end.  So I punched two of the Calypso Coral designs that are more of a solid to anchor the design at either end.  Then I punched a stripe design, a heart design, and the other design that included a Calypso Coral print.  This set of papers is SOOO versatile!

     At this point, I decided my card was done.  And it was.  But, just in case one of the people in the class I held yesterday wanted a stamped image on the card, I added a strip of paper that included one of the sentiments from the Sheltering Tree Photopolymer Stamp Set.  I trimmed the stamped image by hand, and made notches in either end for a bit of fun.  But, as I told my customers today, "With that background (the hearts) and those punched images (the hearts), this screams, 'Valentine Card,' even without the sentiment."  So you don't have to include a stamped image at all!

     This project was my project for this week's Stampin' Up! Only Design Team Challenge.  I so enjoy this challenge blog, and hope that you'll consider adding one of your own projects as a challenge entry.  It's so easy, and we love seeing all the Stampin' Up! only projects that you and everyone else contribute every challenge.  You really do NOT need more than Stampin' Up! products to make all the fun paper crafted projects you'd like to!

     Here are the products I used for my own project today.  Just click on any of the pictures to find out more about each product – and to order any of them from my very own Stampin' Up! store!  Be sure to let me know if you have any questions!


Posted on : Jan 26 2015
Posted under Challenges, Punches, Sizzix, Stamping, SUO Challenges |

Aloha ‘Oe to a Member of our Bridge Club!

Aloha, all!

     I'm sure that you know all about the various meanings of the Hawaiian word, "Aloha."  But another phrase you may have heard in a song but not frequently read online is "Aloha 'Oe."  That's a phrase that bids farewell.

     Today, at our regular Sunday Duplicate Bridge game, we say, "Aloha 'Oe," to a treasured member of our club.  He is British and has been working on our island for several years.  Now, however, it's time for him to return to England, and we'll miss him dearly. So we're having a small party in his honor and my husband, the bridge manager, asked if I could make a banner.  Of course I could make a banner! 


     For this banner, I used the Stampin' Up! Build a Banner Simply Created Kit. I originally bought it last fall intending to use it for various Christmas gatherings.  But then our move to get away from the lava made life a bit too hectic, and so the banner kit sat unused – until yesterday!  Out it came and I cannot believe how quickly this project took shape!.

     Speaking of shapes, all three of the banner shapes included in this banner are made of a canvas- type of paper, and they are SOOOO easy to color up with the stencils that area also included in the kit.

     The kit comes with a Stampin' Spritzer bottle, and I had other bottles that I could have used to color the banners.  But I started reading about how to "protect areas" and "don't make too wet" and so forth, and decided spritzing was not going to work for me.

BannerPieces     What did work though – and beautifully! – was sponging!  So I sponged away, alternating the three stencil background patterns that come with the kit as well as the three colors I'd chosen: Pacific Point, Crushed Curry, and Real Red.  Here are a few of the banners up close.

     Once the backgrounds were done, I needed to decided what colors I was going to use for the letters to spell Malcolm's name.  Finally, just to simplify my life, I stenciled all the letters using Real Red. Yes, there is a stencil for every letter of the alphabet!

     I also wanted to use some wide ribbon in between each banner.  The Crushed Curry Striped Grosgrain Ribbon in my stash was perfect.  Alas, I did not have any other color that would work.  Then I remembered all those boxes of retired product that I've still not advertised on eBay, and I knew where retired ribbons were.  Sure enough, there was the retired Pacific Point Ribbon!. Perfect.  You gotta love it when being lazy pays off!

     After making this banner, I still have plenty of banner blanks left.  But even if I didn't, Stampin' Up! sells the blank canvas paper pennants and the the jute twine for hanging the banner is a separate Refill Kit! 

     I see more banners in my future.  Do you have birthdays, showers, graduations – anything like that coming up! This is SOOOO easy and so much fun. You should try it out!  Here's all you need to make your own Build a Banner!


Posted on : Jan 25 2015
Posted under 3D Projects, Stampin' Up! Kits |

A Bit of Throwback Thursday!

Aloha, all!

     "Aloha" is filled with just a bit of cheer for me and my husband this month, as we finally are getting our house ready for a move back in 5 or 6 weeks.  Yes, the lava is still out there and still threatens to cross the road that links us to the rest of our island and the world.  BUT the lava is moving slowly, and no one can seem to predict what it is going to do.  So we're taking our chances and moving back home – our home and OUR garden!

     To get ready for the move, we decided to take the opportunity to paint the inside of the house – what better time to do that when most of our furniture is in another house!  The sad part for me is that I have had to remove all the old Stampin' Up! Decor Elements images from our walls. 


     Were you around in the stamping community when Stampin' Up! sold its own line of Vinyl images?  I LOVED them!  I hopped right on that bandwagon, and had decorations all over my house.  I even left the Christmas hanging ornament images up all year because just a bit of a different ribbon accenting them made them work well in any season.

     But my favorite vinyl images were the Inspire, Create and Share images, with their Stampin' Up! definitions.  I accented each of them with flowers and had them where anyone who entered my Craft Room would see them.  On the fourth wall, next to a bookcase, I even accented a photo collage of me and my sister with a Decor Elements Hostess set. 

     Sigh!  But now they're gone.  Gone but not forgotten as they now appear in one of my first 2015 Project Life Pages.  What a fun Project Life project this was! 

     As you can see, there are not any specific Project Life cards or accents in this page.  Eventually there may be.  But for now I just wanted to get these pictures cropped and put in a page.  In fact, that's what I'm doing with all my pictures so far this year.  I made a "resolution" to keep track of this year as it contains a significant birthday for me, and I'd like to look back on the year to see what I've made of it.

     So first things first – get the pictures into an album, with some basic accents (the Melon Mambo mat for the smaller 3" x 4" pockets) and at least one journaling card (I made this one up myself with a picture from an old catalog).  Down the road, when I have some more free time, I'll glitz the pages up a bit!

     For now – memories are captured!


Posted on : Jan 22 2015
Posted under Family and Garden, Project Life, Scrapbooking |

And Even More Catalog Coordination!

Aloha, all!

     On Tuesday, I showed you a card I'd made using the Lotus Blossom Stamp Set from the Stampin' Up! 2015 Sale-A-Bration Catalog.  This is a three-stamp image, and I stamped off both the second and third stamped layers.  In today's card, I made two of the Lotus Blossom images, but I stamped them off differently.  I think the difference is definitely clear.

Cheryl Card

     In the top right image, I stamped both the first and second layer using a stamp that was fully-inked with Blackberry Bliss Classic Ink, and then stamped off the third image before applying it to the image.  In the lower left image, I stamped the first layer using a fully-inked stamp and then stamped off layers 2 and 3.

      I also stamped off both layers of the stem using Wild Wasabi Classic Ink.

     Wait – stamp off?  It occurred to me as I wrote this that there may be some of you who don't have a clue about what I'm talking about.  When I say, "stamp off," I mean ink up the stamp, stamp it on some scrap paper – not TOO hard! – and then go back and stamp the image on your good cardstock.  This takes some but not all of the ink off the stamp and leaves you with a lighter image on your card.

     I think both of these images have merit, but I personally like the one at the lower left where both the 2nd and 3rd images were stamped off before applying the ink to the cardstock.

     The sentiment for this card comes from the same stamp set as the flowers and stems.  There's also a "Thank You" stamp in this set, which makes it doubly useful.  The best part is that you can get only get it FOR FREE when you purchase $50 worth of Stampin' Up! products during the annual Sale-A-Bration event.

     The paper in the background is the same paper that I used in Tuesday's blog post – one of the sheets from the Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper set.

     To accent this card, I used some of the Wild Wasabi Candy Dots from the Subtles Candy Dots collection.  I arranged them so that they run parallel to the stem in the lower floral image.

     Beginning with my next blog post, I'm going to share some other products in the Stampin' Up! 2015 Occasions Catalog, and begin to make some Valentine's Day cards – it's not too long before I'll need those!

     Meanwhile, don't forget to visit my Stampin' Up! store by checking out the products that I used for this project:
















Posted on : Jan 22 2015
Posted under Stamping |

Occasions and Sale-A-Bration Catalog Coordination!

Aloha, all!

     I may have mentioned that I really, really LOVE the Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper (DSP) set. So today and in my next blog post I'm going to share one of the designs in this set, along with stamps from the Sale-A-Bration Lotus Blossom Stamp Setb!

     First a word from my sponsor – Stampin' Up!  This is the best time of the year to buy Stampin' Up! products for all your favorite Spring and Early Summer "Occasions."  That's why the current catalog is called the Occasions Catalog. Not only that, for every $50 that you spend on ANY Stampin' Up! products, you get to choose one product from the Sale-A-Bration Catalog – FREE!  When you click on any of the products that I show at the end of this post, you will be whisked off to my own, personal, Stampin' Up! website.  Anything that you purchase there, will be from my shop – and your sales keep me going in my efforts!

     And now back to today's project!


     Just this morning we received word that one of my husband's last two living aunts passed away during the night.  We live in Hawaii, and a trip to mid-Kansas for the memorial service will not be possible.  So I do want to be really quick in getting a card off to our cousin and her husband, who worked so hard to help our aunt out during her final days.

     To make the stamped image using the Lotus Blossom Stamp Set, I used Rose Red Classic and Wild Wasabi Classic Inks.  Both of these colors are in the DSP sheet I picked for this project.

     The Lotus Blossom in the stamp set is made up of three separate stamps.  Each of the stamps needs to be stamped individually.  The stamps have a direction arrow built into them, and there is a numeral on each direction arrow.  Here's how I managed this flower, using Rose Red ink throughout. I stamped:

  • each stamp in the order numbered, from 1 to 3, with the arrows pointing in the same direction.
  • stamp #1 fully inked.
  • stamp #2 off on scrap paper one time before stamping on the project.
  • stamp #3 off on scrap paper as for stamp #2.

There are two stamps for the stem, and I stamped the first one with full color and stamped off the top layer. 

     I picked Rose Red Cardstock to mat both the floral layer and the entire card front.   I love tying ribbons around stemmed flowers.  Without any Rose Red ribbon in my collection, I chose the Daffodil Delight 1/4" Cotton Ribbon to pick up the Daffodil Delight color in some of the DSP flowers.

     Finally, for the important sentiment for this card, I chose one of the stamp pair stamps from the Petite Pairs Stamp Set, stamped it using Rose Red Classic Ink, and punched the stamped image using the Scallop Oval Punch and matted it with Rose Red Cardstock punched with the Extra-Large Oval PunchTo accent the oval element, I added some Daffodil Delight Candy Dots using the Brights Candy Dots set, and then adhered it to the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals.

    Each stamp in the Petite Pairs stamp set has a paired stamp, and that for the stamp that I used on the card front is, "…to heal your heart."  I used that stamp on the inside of the card to finish it off.

     Here now are the products I used in this project, not including my SNAIL monoadhesive.  If you purchased every one of these products, you would pay $100.50, and get TWO SALE-A-BRATION PRODUCTS FOR FREE!  Not only that, you would have enough product to make dozens of greeting cards or gifts without purchasing one other product!



Posted on : Jan 20 2015
Posted under Family and Garden, Punches, Stamping |

Coordinating the Occasions and Sale-a-Bration Catalogs!

Aloha, all!

     This year it has been so easy to coordinate products from the Stampin' Up! 2015 Occasions Catalog and the Stampin' Up! 2015 Sale-a-Bration Catalog.  As I'm sure you know, the Sale-a-Bration catalog features products that you cannot actually buy.  The products in this catalog are those that you can get FOR FREE every time you spend $50 on any other Stampin' Up! products – including those in the Occasions Catalog, which came online at the same time as the Sale-a-Bration catalog.

     For today's project, I used a stamp that is featured in the Occasions Catalog and paper and ribbon featured in the Sale-a-Bration catalog.


     The stamp with the tulips and the sentiment are in the one-stamp "set" called, Love is Kindness.  It's fairly easy to stamp the tulip image without the sentiment, but I really do like the sentiment for this card.

     I colored the tulips and the leaves and stems using two set of the Stampin' Up! Blendabilities alcohol markers – Calypso Coral and Old Olive.  The Blendabilities provide a way to color in line-art stamps in many different ways.  For this stamped image, I used a softly-colored shadowing in each of the tulip blooms and in all of the leaves and stems.  This card was for a dear aunt who is ill, and I didn't want to get too complicated with the card that we were sending to her. 

     Once I colored in the tulips with the Calypso Coral, I picked out paper from the Sale-a-Bration Designer Series Paper set, Best Year Ever.  That design with the white speckles is a lovely accent for this stamped image.

     Once I had my layers set, I tied the stamped layers together with a piece of the Calypso Coral Ribbon in the Best Year Ever Accessory Pack

     I am so loving the coordination between these two catalogs – and I'm going to share another project with some different coordinating papers and colors in my next blog post. 

     Tomorrow I have a whole day to myself – no packing for our next move, no need to go to any stores to get supplies for our house renovation – no nothing, but just the opportunity to use some of my new Stampin' Up! products.  So I should be showing off lots of projects this coming week!

     Here are the products I featured in this project.  I hope you'll take the time to click on any of the images to find out more about the products, and even order at least one or two from my Stampin' Up! store!






Posted on : Jan 17 2015
Posted under Stamping |

Dots, Dots, and More Dots!

Aloha, all!

     This week is the biweekly Stampin' Up! Only Challenge, and this week it's all about dots.  What a fun idea for a challenge – make dots a focus of a project!


     And oh, was I able to find lots of dots in the Painted Petals Stamp Set and the Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper from the Stampin' Up! 2015 Occasions Catalog!

     To stamp the rows of dots using the line of dots from the stamp set, I used the four of the colors that are featured in the dotted design from the Designer Series Paper set: Blackberry Bliss, Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point, and Wild Wasabi

     Once I had those stamped on my card front, I decided to pick the Wild Wasabi as the featured color for the card.  It just did not seem as overwhelming as the Blackberry and Pacific might have been, and more of an accent than the Daffodil. I used Wild Wasabi Cardstock to mat the two Designer Series Paper layers as well as the entire card front.  And I used Wild Wasabi Classic Ink to stamp the sentiment.

     For the final touch, I picked out some Candy Dots from the Brights Collection (Daffodil Delight) and the Subtles Collection (Wild Wasabi).  What a nice accent in between the Daffodil and Wasabi in the middle of the card!

     This is such a fun challenge and I hope you'll head on over to the SUO Challenges Blog and enter it!

     Now here are some links to the featured products in today's blog post.  Just click on any picture to find out more about the product and even order it right there while you're in my Stampin' Up! store!











Posted on : Jan 12 2015
Posted under Challenges, Stamping, SUO Challenges |