More Fun With My Paper Pumpkin Stamps!

Aloha, all!

     In my last post, I introduced two of the stamps from the set that came with the September 2015 My Paper Pumpkin monthly kit. I just love this stamp set as it has lots of fun little stamps that I can use in so many different ways!

     I actually wasn't going to use the set again quite yet as I had a customer ask me to make some Halloween cards for her two young (3- and 5-year old) grandchildren, and I was thinking of larger stamps than were in that set. But then I got the idea to use the cute little frog from the You're Sublime Stamp Set, and out came the witch hat from the My Paper Pumpkin set – it fit that little frog perfectly!


     Oh, and wouldn't the frog just love the creepy critters on that piece of paper from the Happy Haunting Designer Series Paper set that I also used last time. I think adding the word, "Spooky," which is a die from the Season Frames Thinlits Dies set, was just such a fun addition for a 5-year old boy.

     When it came to coloring froggie, I decided to use an alcohol marker because I think they make a much cleaner layer of color than water-based markers. So I went to my collection of alcohol markers and chose the Chartreuse marker from my Copic collection. Isn't that the perfect color for such a silly frog! Back to my Stampin' Up! Tangelo Twist Stampin' Write Marker to fill in the spots. Green and orange – perfect!  And the Tangelo Twist color goes well with the Tangelo Twist DSP sheet from the same DSP set as the top layer sheet.

     I had so much fun with this card!  I'll share the 3-year old's card next. It's a completely different look – but it would have to be for a 3-year old!


Posted on : Oct 23 2015
Posted under Paper Pumpkin, Punches, Sizzix, Stamping |

Halloween Stamping Fun!

Aloha, all!

     For the most part, I don't buy much in the way of Halloween stamps because they tend to have a limited time in which to use them. So I rely on sets that cover multiple holidays and make projects from the few Halloween stamps in them.

     Imagine my delight when the September 2015 My Paper Pumpkin kit had a Halloween Stamp set in it!  While I mostly like to share projects made with stamps that you can purchase from Stampin' Up! through my website, I just can't resist showing off some of the projects that I made with this fun stamp set.


     For this card, I used two of the stamps in the set – the cute little witch hat and the "Happy Haunting" sentiment.

     One of the things I like to do is take small stamps like the hat stamp and line them up in a grid with one of the stamps in the grid being different in some way. In the case of this card, the sentiment itself is different, and I also changed the color.

     Now, how do I get those hats all lined up like that? I use my MISTI tool. No, it's not a Stampin' Up! tool, but it makes working/playing with my Stampin' Up! products SOOOO much easier when I want to line something up perfectly! Oh, it even helps when I manage to stamp an image and find that I didn't get the ink evenly all over the stamp. Even with this little hats, several did not turn out perfectly – so I was able just to stamp them again and you cannot tell which ones were stamped twice – one three times!  If you want more information about the MISTI, check out the reviews and more information on Split Coast Stampers.

     Meanwhile, let me tell you about the rest of the products I used for this card. First there's that lovely Basic Black 3/8" Stitched Satin ribbon that's so perfect for Halloween cards! I wasn't sure I wanted to use it – maybe just show off the hats? But then I realized that I really do like some kind of interesting embellishment on most cards. So on went the ribbon.

     The paper in the background, showing off just a bit of some creepy, crawly critter at the edge, is from the Happy Haunting Designer Series Paper set in the Stampin' Up! 2015 Holiday Catalog. Love this whole paper set, but this sheet is a treasure – sorry I had to hide so much of it!

     The cardstock in the background, as well as the ink for the sentiment, are both Cajun Craze. I personally like a bit more darkness in my Halloween projects, so use Cajun Craze for fall projects for the most part.

     Now off to make some more fund projects with the Paper Pumpkin stamps!



Posted on : Oct 21 2015
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A Baby Shower Pocket Card!

Aloha, all!

     It's been much too long since I've made a card with a baby theme. So I was quiet excited when a friend asked me to make a card for her to take to a baby shower. On top of that, it's time for the biweekly Stampin' Up! Only Challenge (SUO Challenges) and the theme this time is to make a pocket card. What a great coincidence, as I love making pocket cards for showers as it makes a place for the gifter to add a little something inside the card!


     This also gave me my first opportunity to use the Stampin' Up! Sweet L'il Things Designer Series Paper set. I've used this DSP set before, but this is the first time I've used the sheet with the cute little turtles.

     To make this pocket card, I first cut the piece of DSP 5-1/2" high and 8-1/2" wide. I scored in 2-1/8" from each of the short edges and folded the ends to the back, adhering the bottoms with SNAIL monoadhesive tape, and taping the side edges together at the middle with some transparent tape. Then I cut a slit down the left side (as you face it) 1-1/4" and down the right side 2-1/4". I drew a pencil line between the bottom of the two slits then used Fringe Scissors to cut a fringe from the top edge down to the pencil line. Finally, for this part of the card, I folded the fringed ends down over the front.  I finished up this layer by tying a piece of Pool Party 1/4" Cotton Ribbon around the card, and then adhering this layer to a piece of Pool Party Cardstock to give the card some stiffness.

     The main part of the greeting card is the layer that I made to slip inside the pocket formed by the Designer Series Paper. I stamped "Welcome, Baby" from the Petite Pairs Stamp Set three times across the top of a 5-1/8" high by 3-7/8" wide piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock. I used Tangelo Twist Ink, which is one of the colors in this paper set. I then adhered it to a piece of Pool Party Cardstock 1/8" wider all around.


     Before inserting this layer into the pocket, I added a 1-3/4" high strip of the Designer Series Paper onto the bottom, adhering it on the bottom and up either side. This makes a nice pocket for a gift card or cash/check gift, still leaving room for a note and signature.

     As a final bit of embellishment, I did something I rarely do for a card that is going to be mailed – I added some buttons over the bow. I think this is so pretty – but it also means extra postage for mailing. For taking a card to a shower, though, it's just darling and doesn't cost anything more than the cost of the buttons – negliible! Oh, and I used some Calypso Coral Thick Baker's Twine to "tie" the top button. It's not exactly the same color as Tangelo Twist – but it seemed to go with it just fine!

     I also had to make an envelop for this card that's a bit larger than the standard A2 sized envelope to accommodate the items that peek out over the left edge of the card. But that's not a problem at all with the Stampin' Up! Envelope Punch Board!

     Now why don't you try a pocket card of your own?! There are quite a few fun ideas over at the SUO Challenges blog, and we'd love to see what you'd make for this challenge!

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

Those Fun Fall Papers!

Aloha, all!

     We Stampin' Up! demonstrators receive a weekly e-mail from Stampin' Up! that includes at least one idea for using some Stampin' Up! products. The last e-mail showed some fun examples of how to use Christmas Designer Series Papers for everyday events such as birthday cards. Hah! I've already done that – a lot! – with the Stampin' Up! Autumn-themed papers in the 2015 Holiday Catalog.


     The Designer Series Paper that I used for this Birthday Card is from the Into the Woods DSP set.  I may have mentioned before that I love this set for the "Snip-Flip-Add a Strip" technique. It's not really a technique but a fun way to construct a card front. In this case, there is just one sheet of paper, and what you see here are two sides of that sheet. I snipped off about 2 inches of the 5-1/4" x 4" piece of paper that I'd cut, and flipped it around to show the back side of the sheet. I love this sheet because the two sides go together perfectly, with the Daffodil Delight leaves showing up in both patterns.

     The strip that I made is cut from a piece of Tangelo Twist Cardstock, then punched with the Hearts Border Punch. For sure don't throw out those little hearts that are left after the punching!  I used three of them to finish up this card, two over the Daffodil Delight print on top, and one snuck into the multi-colored print on the bottom.  Because I was sending this to a woman friend, I thought it would be fun to add a few Rhinestone Basic Jewels to those little herats.

     The word "happy" is a die cut made using one of the Hello You Thinlits, and I adhered it to the paper with a thin strip of glue from the new Fine Tip Glue Pen. Then I finished off the greeting with the "Birthday" stamp from the Age Awareness Stamp Set.

     I matted the whole card front with a piece of Tangelo Twist Cardstock and then adhered that to a Whisper White Thick Cardstock card base.

     Such fun to use papers from the Holiday Catalog for all sorts of projects! 


Posted on : Oct 06 2015
Posted under Punches, Sizzix, Stamping |

October’s Here!

Aloha, all!

     Yes, October is here and so it is that Halloween cannot be far behind! What a fun time to be back at work and play in my craft room with all the fun colors and tools that Stampin' Up! is offering for fall in the 2015 Holiday Catalog!

     While here in Hawaii we don't typically have the kind of a fall that you might find on most of the U.S. mainland, we still enjoy a bit of a change in the season – and lots of us still enjoy the fun of Halloween.


     While I don't usually buy LOTS of Halloween products, I couldn't pass up some of the Stampin' Up! offerings that include some Halloween looks. My favorite this year is the set of Spider Web Doilies, and I included part of one on the front of this card accented by a piece of Basic Black 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon, found in the Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog.

     But the main feature on this card is the fun window and window sill accent made by using the brand new Hearth & Home Thinlits Dies. Looking "out" of the window, you can see two images from the Photopolymer Stamp Set, Happy Scenes. One part of the scene is the tree witht he falling leaves and pumpkin images – definitely a fall image! The other part is that spider web up in the right corner – surely meant for a Halloween accent! I just love that little spider (stamped spiders are NOT scary!) so I duplicated him several times to make sure that this felt more like Halloween than just fall. The sentiment is also from this same stamp set.

     The best part about this stamp set and thinlits die set? They can be bundled together with a 15% savings over the price of the individual items. Nice – and I definitely took advantage of that!

     Just in case you don't know, the Happy Scenes Stamp Set has images that will carry you through the entire 2015 Holiday Season!  Here is a picture of it in case you don't have a Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog (and if you want one, I'll be happy to send you one!)


     For the papers in this card, I used two of the sheets from the Happy Haunting Designer Series Paper set. I love the Tangelo Twist color as part of a Halloween collection!


Posted on : Oct 01 2015
Posted under Sizzix, Stamping |

Hello Fall! Time to Get Back to Work!

Aloha, all!

     I know you haven't seen much of me the past month, but I've been working hard at recovering from my bit of a scare of a heart attack earlier in the month. I actually can stand at my work table for more than 15 minutes at a time, and that's making a big difference in how much I can get done. (For those unfamiliar with how I work, I prefer to stand up when I'm arranging layouts and stamping images as it feels to me as if I have more control over what I'm doing.)

     I know that I can stand and design and put a card together without resting because I did that with today's card!


     On the other hand, when I saw the photograph of the card and wished I'd done some things differently, I didn't go try to remake the card (which I sometimes do). So you have my first edition here, warts and all!

     This card is part of the Stampin' Up! Only Challenge that is a new challenge on the SUO Challenge blog today. The challenge is to feature Stampin' Up! punches in your project. For my project, I used two punches – the Triple Banner Punch and the Washi Tape Punch.

     The strip at the left of the card is made with four layers each of which has been punched on both ends using the Triple Banner Punch. The layers are 1-1/2" wide. Beginning with the Old Olive layer, the layers are 6", 5", 4" and 3". Once they are punched, the layers lose about 3/4" of their length.  The Designer Paper layers are a print from the Into the Woods Designer Series Paper set in Stampin' Up!'s 2015 Holiday Catalog. The colors are Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive. Once I had layered the strips up, I tied a piece of Into the Woods 3/8" Cotton Ribbon around the center. That's from the Holiday Catalog, also.

     From the beginning of my design efforts, I'd wanted the main layer of the card to be Rich Razzleberry Cardstock. But the layer looked just too plain for my taste. I tried a few different backgrounds, including stamping leaves of various sizes onto the Razzleberry paper with Rich Razzleberry Ink as well as with Versamark ink. Finally, I decided on the Brick Wall Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. Once I layered everything up, it was a simple idea to cut some leaves out of another sheet of the same Designer Paper set and adhere them to the wall just below where I was going to adhere my sentiment.

     The sentiment is from the For All Things Stamp Set, which was in last year's Holiday Catalog, and then carried over into the Stampin' Up! 2015-2015 Annual Catalog. So glad that set's still around! As punching was the theme for this SUO Challenge, I went ahead and punched it with the Washi Tape Punch, and adhered it just to the right of the ribbon.

     I promise you will not have to wait another two weeks for another project from me!  I am so ready to get crafting again and am definitely going to spend time at it as I continue to get better!

     Thanks for all your good wishes!

Posted on : Sep 28 2015
Posted under Challenges, Punches, Sizzix, Stamping, SUO Challenges |

What a Stupid System!

Aloha, all!

     What a coincidene that the current Stampin' Up! Only Challenge ( is to create a Get Well Card or Gift. As I'm recovering from my recent illness, I decided the best card for me to make was one that I would like to receive myself. And my favorite of all Get Well cards are those that make me laugh. Glancing through my moderate collection of stamps, I pulled out the Stampin' Up! "Just Kidding" Stamp Set. And of course it had the best sentiment I could think of!


     And just in case it wasn't clear that this was a get well card from the card front, I added in the "better get better" greeting from the "A Dozen Thoughts" Stamp Set

     I still don't have all of my energy back, but I'm getting there. So I wanted to keep the card layout as simple as possible. Right out on my work table was one of Stampin' Up!'s newest Designer Series Paper set, Happy Haunting. One of the first things I do with a set of DSP is to flip one copy of each of the sheets so I can quickly see what's on all sides of the set of papers. I just love these two Tangelo Twist Designs, and it wasn't that hard to pick out Island Indigo for the complementary color of blue to complete the card. As I'm close to being a redhead (natural when I was younger; now not so natural!) I didn't hesitate to color the hair with my Tangelo Twist Marker. Then I colored the checked skirt with Tangelo Twise and Island Indigo, finally using a Blender Pen to lightly color in the blouse with a bit more Island Indigo.

     I matted the Very Vanilla stamped layer with Island Indigo Cardstock, adhered it to a layer combining two of the Tangelo Twist DSP sheets, and tied on a knot using Island Indigo Cotton Ribbon. Below the ribbon, I stamped the "better get better" with Island Indigo Ink, matted the whole thing with Island Indigo Cardstock, and adhered it all to a Very Vanilla card base.

     It is just coincidence, too, that this SUO Challenge card, just like the last one I made for the Challenge, features a stamp set that is not in any Stampin' Up! Catalog. In the not too distant past, Stampin' Up! released some non-catalog Photopolymer Stamp Sets, and they're still available to order. There's no telling how long they'll be available, but this is one I'm glad I have – and it may be one that stays in my Craft Room even after it's not available. I hope you've enjoyed my sharing it and might consider buying it with your next order!  Just click on the stamp set picture to find out more about this set.


Posted on : Sep 14 2015
Posted under Challenges, Stamping, SUO Challenges |

A Bit Out of my Comfort Zone!

Aloha, all!

     I am really starting to get my energy back and was so happy when a neighbor asked me to make a birthday card for her visiting Mother-in-Law – who's just turned 90!  When I asked about colors, Marie said, "Oh something feminine like peach or something like that. She's really into girly stuff." Hmmm. Well, the first color that came to mind was Crisp Cantaloupe. And the equally-retired Pistachio Pudding would have been equally-perfect!  But those colors aren't around in my "current-Stampin'-Up!-products-only" craft room. I'm still moving and thinking a bit slowly, but I finally settled on Mint Macaron and Calypso Coral for my color combo.

     Now what to do for a design. Somehow, the standard A2-sized card didn't seem like enough for such a special birthday. Nor did a simple layered card, no matter how well embellished it might be. The good news was that this card was going to be hand-delivered, so I didn't have to worry about shapes or bumps that might have made it hard or expensive to send in the mail. Usually when I'm having a hard time coming up with a design, I get a bit frustrated. But this time, I definitely would not let myself be frustrated. I just kept going back to my living room and sitting with a book until I felt like maybe I might come up with an idea when I went back to the Craft Room.


     And after a whole afternoon of this, I finally had my card, and a coordinating envelope as well!

     I stamped flowers, leaves and sentiments from the "Birthday Blossoms" Stamp Set. I did all of the coloring of the stamped images using one of my trusty Blender Pens. I cut out the leaves by hand and used my Pansy Punch to cut the flowers.I wasn't sure I wanted that white edge around the flowers. But once I laid them out on a Tea Lace Paper Doily, I decided they looked just fine and I saved myself some trimming time.

     Of course I needed some papers to decorate the card, and I found just the right assortment in the Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper Stack – one Calypso Coral pattern, and two with Mint Macaron patterns. Once I had everything laid out the way I wanted, I used some Mint Macaron 1" Dotted Lace Trim to wrap the card front across the striped piece of Mint Macaron paper and tie a bow under the floral "bouquet." I added some little flowers made with Calypso Coral Cardstock and punched with the Flower Punch in the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, onto the vine patterned Mint Macaron paper and down onto the sentiment layer.

     For the final touch, I added some Pearls Basic Jewels both to the center of the larger as well as to the smaller flowers. A sweet touch, I thought!

     I made the envelope using Mint Macaron Envelope Paper, and included a stamped flower and leaf image in the lower left corner. What a nice accent to a card that's definitely a bit out of my comfort zone. I should practice this more often some I can become more comfortable and skilled at making this kind of card! Or maybe I'll just do it once in a while.



Posted on : Sep 13 2015
Posted under Punches, Stamping |

Simple Cards When Energy is Low!

Aloha, all!

     This past weekend I had a bit of a scare as I awoke just after midnight Saturday feeling a bit of pressure on my chest – and it wasn't my cat! Long story short, I'm in the recovery stage of a heart attack. But, while today's the first day I've wanted to do anything in my craft room, I also had to keep things simple because I still do not have much energy. So I built a bit on a class I had last week where we used stamps from the Lighthearted Leaves Stamp Set to make some fun designs. For today, no layers – just the designs.

No layer cards

     As I may have mentioned before, I didn't intend to buy this stamp set because of the way it had been pictured in the 2015 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog. Each of the leaf stamps was shown against the background of one of the Leaflets Framelits Dies, and those are just not something I use here in Hawaii. But then I saw how others had used the stamps for geometric patterns, and I was hooked.

     The card on the left uses one of the sentiments in the same stamp set as the leaves. The other two cards feature sentiments from the stamp set, Garden in Bloom. There are so many other sentiments from stamp sets throughout the catalog that could also be used.

     As you may have guessed, I used my MISTI tool to set up the designs for these cards. Oh, I do wish Stampin' Up! would find something like this to carry in a future catalog. Maybe if we all asked nicely, it might happen?

     I'm not going into as much detail as I usually do as having low energy applies to sitting at a computer as well as working on my craft room table! But if you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below, and I'll get to them as soon as I perk back up again!

Posted on : Sep 10 2015
Posted under Announcement, Stamping |

Celebrating Friendship with New Papers!

Aloha, all!

     How lucky that today is both the first day of the newest Stampin' Up! Catalog – the 2015 Holiday Catalog, "Handmade for the Holidays,", and also the first day of a new Stampin' Up! Only Challenge! I was sure that I'd find something from the new catalog to use for this challenge, even though the catalog is focused on the fall and winter holidays, and the theme of the challenge is Cards for Friends. Sure enough, I found not one but two new products to show off this theme!


     Is this Designer Series Paper not gorgeous!!!  It's the new set, Into the Woods. This set is part of the newest Thanksgiving suite of products that includes papers, stamp sets, and embellishments. This lovely, Rich Razzleberry 3/8" Cotton Ribbon is one of those embellishments. This is a beautifully thick ribbon that is so easy to tie and accents the papers in this set so nicely.

     For the card layout, I used a quick card-design technique demonstrated by Patty Bennett on her blog back at the beginning of the summer. I loved the idea, but I hadn't yet found the perfect paper to use for myself until I saw this set (though some of the Christmas papers will work well, too!). The two papers on this card are two sides of the same sheet of paper. The "technique" is called, "Snip, Flip, Cut a Strip." I only took the first two steps – I "snipped" the 4" x 5-1/2" piece of paper 2" from the bottom and "flipped" the bottom piece to show the other side of the paper. That third step is to find a 1/2" strip of paper from another in the DSP set to finish the layout. I thought using this ribbon in place of the strip would make such a nice accent – and it did!

     The sentiment is from the Banner Blessing Photopolymer Stamp Set. You won't find it in any of the Stampin' Up! Catalogs as it was issued last year as part of a regular issue of new Photopolymer Stamp Sets. It's current and you can find it in the Stampin' Up! Catalog – its product number is 136720. This was issued at Christmas time last year, and it's a great set for the holidays. There's a picture of it at the end of this post.

     I stamped the sentiment using Rich Razzleberry Classic Ink, then again using Old Olive Classic Ink. I cut the Biblical reference banner out of the Old Olive image and glued it to the Razzleberry image. This was SOOO EASY TO GLUE, using yet another new product from the Holiday Catalog, the Fine-Tip Glue Pen. It's really in a bottle, but you wouldn't believe how easy it is to make just a teensy strip of glue along a thin piece of paper such as this – or just a drop for something like a sequin!

     I matted both the sentiment and the DSP layer using Rich Razzleberry Cardstock. When Patty Bennett made her cards, she didn't mat the DSP layer and the cards looked lovely. Imagine how quickly you could make a whole lot of cards with this technique! In fact, as I write about this, I may just snatch some more of that paper and whip out a few more cards!  I'll show them off later in the week!

     Meanwhile, I hope you'll visit the SUO Challenges Blog after you've read this and look at all the fun projects made by our talented Design Team – including our newest member, Cindee Wilkinson who is one of Patty Bennett's downline, and who also demonstrated this technique earlier in the summer. Then make your own card and enter it in the challenge!

     Now here's that stamp set:



Posted on : Aug 31 2015
Posted under Challenges, Stamping, SUO Challenges |