December 11th – Glittery Mingle!

Aloha, all!

     Well here I am again with a card made with the All Is Calm Specialty Designer Series Paper set. I am just loving the Pear Pizzazz/Lost Lagoon color combo!


      For today's card, using another of the layouts featured in my 2010 Greeting Card Layout eBook, I used two designs from the DSP set. I really like the dotted design in the paper on the background layer, and the Pear Pizzazz sheet is a perfect complement to it.

     When I picked out the stamp I was going to use from the Mingle all the Way Stamp Set, I wanted to feature some Pear Pizzazz green in with the Lost Lagoon color I'd selected for the main image. So, just as I did with another recent card, I inked up the whole stamp with Lost Lagoon, then used an Aqua Painter to remove the ink from a few of the snowflakes. Finally I used my Pear Pizzazz Stampin' a Write Marker to re color the snowflakes. It stamped up pretty well!

     For the glitter, after all that work stamping the Pear snowflakes, I decided to insert three Rhinestones over them. Nice touch!

     To follow the layout instructions, I scalloped one long edge with the Scallop Edge Border Punch.  ooooh, another nice touch!

     And, once again, I tied the project all together with some ribbon. Even though there is some nice Lost Lagoon ribbon in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog, I wanted something a bit wider to complete this project. So I found my Lost Lagoon 3/8"  Stitched Ribbon, and it was another perfect touch

     Here are the main Stampin' Up! products I featured in today's card. Just click on a picture to find out more about a product – and to buy it from my Stampin' Up! Website if you wish!











Posted on : Dec 11 2014
Posted under Family and Garden, Punches, Stamping |

December 10th – Cute Christmas Bird!

Aloha, all!

     I have to tell you that, while I usually love all things Stampin' Up!, there were a few things in the Stampin' Up! 2014 Holiday Catalog that were not, um, a favorite! Among those are the suite of products called, "Santa & Comoany." But there are some designs in the Santa & Company Designer a Series Paper set that are kind of nice (at least in my opinion!).?  So I used two of them in today's card. NOTE: This paper set is on sale in the big year end clearance on the Stampin' Up! Website.


     I especially like the Snowflake paper (though there are some very quirky snowmen on the bottom of the sheet). But once I put those two layers together (I'm working with already measured designs from my 2010 Layouts eBook), I couldn't find a stamp in the Holiday Catalog that felt " right" to me. So I started going throughF my stash of Stampin' Up! Stamps and quickly found the For the Birds Stamp Set. I'd completely forgotten that this set had a Christmas bird, this even though I'd put a mark on the spine of the stamp case that indicated there was something in there that was for Christmas. 

     I stamped the little snowbird and his sentiment using Jey Black StazOn? and then colored him in using the same Marina Mist color that is in both DSP sheets. I'd decided from the start that mt accent color with these papers was going to be Real Red and I included that in the bird's scarf, hat, and ornament. There's a small touch of a Soft Sky in the skates and Hello Honey on his beak.

     And here I go tying my project together with ribbon again! This time I used the Real Red 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, tied all around all the layers and their mats before adhering it all to my card base.

     Here are the featured products in today's card. Just click on a picture to find out more about the product – and even but one or two if you'd like! 



























































Posted on : Dec 10 2014
Posted under Stamping |

December 9th – Love that Gold Foil!

Aloha, all!

     From the very beginning of my Stampin' Up! career, I have LOVED 2-Step Stamping!  It's so much fun to take two (or more) different stamps and stamp one upon the other, using different colors, creating an image with beautiful color dimension to it! So you might imagine how much fun I'm having with the Stampin' Up! Stamp Set, Wondrous Wreath!


     The wreath in this image has three different stamps: the first stamp has lots of leaves and I stamped it here using Pear Pizzazz ink.  The second stamp, stamped right over the first, is Garden Green, and the final stamp is all those lovely Cherry Cobbler "berries."  What makes this set even easier to use is a tab that is at the top of each of the Photopolymer stamps in this image. I just made sure the tab was pointed up in the same direction for all three stamps and matching everything up was so easy. It's even easier because I can see right through these beautifully clear stamps.

     To complete the card – which uses one of the layouts from my 2010 eBook – I embossed a greeting from the Endless Wishes Stamp Set, using gold Stampin' Emboss Powder. It really looks a bit fuller in person, but that embossing shine was really hard to photograph well.

     Oh, and the foil! I cut the bow for the wreath using a fair from the Wonderful Wreath Framelits Set. What a fun die to have – for so many uses!  Oh, and there's a 15% off bundle that includes both the framelits dies AND the stamp set (click on the link below to find out more).

     I tied the card all together with some ribbon – from a brand new roll of Gold 1/8" Ribbon. Fun!

     Here are some of the products I've featured in this project. Just click on a picture to find out more about any one of them – and even buy what you'd like from my Stampin' Up! Store.  I hope you are having as much fun with your Christmas projects as I am!











Posted on : Dec 09 2014
Posted under Sizzix, Stamping |

December 8th – Snow of a Different Color!

Aloha, all!

     I was very fortunate yesterday to have had a friend come over for lunch and a bit of crafting.  She's a beginner stamper, and I wanted to have a project that would allow her to practice some basic techniques with Stampin' Up! products, without the project being too fussy.  As I went through some ideas, I went through the Christmas cards I'd been making for my blog posts.  You'll recognize this card from last Saturday!  08_edited-1

     There are several differences from the original design, including have only two stamped snowflakes.  To replace two of the snowflakes (again from the Endless Wishes Stamp Set), Becky chose to use one of the sheets from the Trim the Tree DSP Stack.  This is a green patterned set to complement the Cherry Cobbler Stamped Snowflakes. We matted all four squares with Cherry Cobbler Cardstock, then layered them on another patterned sheet from the DSP Stack.

     The Endles Wishes Stamp Set was also the source of the greeting on the bottom of the card. Another change in this card was that we did not use ribbon.  We liked the open area, and decided to place a larger Rhinestone Basic Jewel between the words as well as in the center of the squares.

     This was a fun layout to try again, and I may try some other ideas with it as the month goes on!  Meanwhile, here again are the products that I featured in the card.  Just click on a picture to find out more about the product and even to purchase one from my Stampin' Up! store!


Posted on : Dec 08 2014
Posted under Stamping |

December 7th – A Bit of Fussy Cutting!

Aloha, all!

     Today I'm getting back to a red-and-green theme for my Christmas colors.  Also, you may remember that I said that there may be some of my December cards that I'll make multiple copies of for my own Christmas cards.  Let me tell you that this is NOT one of those cards!


     This group of Stampin' Up! colors almost evokes a bit of a vintage feel, though I've not "roughed up" my papers at all today, and that's something of a feature in true vintage/shabby cards.

     But I like the way the Sahara Sand cardstock works with the Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green.  And I especially enjoyed figuring out how I wanted to use these colors in the Stampin' Up! Christmas Bauble Stamp. This is a stamp that can be purchased all by itself, which is a great idea for such a fun stamp. To make the ornament image, I stamped the image on both Sahara Sand Cardstock and on a piece of Graden Green paper from the Trim the Tree Designer Series Paper Stack.  I completely colored in the image on the Sahara Sand cardstock just to see how I might want to work with the various parts.  Once I saw what I'd done, I ended up cutting out the bottom point, the middle section, and the topmost strip.  Then I let the rest of the ornament I'd stamped on the Graden Green DSP show through.

     To finish the base of the ornament, I colored in the hanger top with the Silver Stampin' Dazzle Marker.  Then I embellished the ornament, first punching three 1/4" Real Red Cardstock circles using the 1/4" Circle Handheld Punch and added them to the ornament to form the holly berries.  Then I added a Garden Green Candy Dot to the center of the ornament.  Once the ornament was finished, I adhered it to the Real Red Cardstock layer using Stampin' Dimensionals.  It would have fit into the square, but really tightly.  Instead, I placed it so the tip of the holly goes above the edge of the layer.  Remember that I'm using a set of layouts from my 2010 eBook, and I'm trying my very best to stay within the measurements that I used in those layers.  It's a bit of a challenge for me!

     The last part of this layout was the greeting, and I chose two of the words from the Photopolymer Stamp Set, Endless Wishes.  You may notice that, for the green mat, I used the same sheet of paper from the Trim the Tree DSP Stack that I used in the ornament.  I really like the way this tied the project together.

     These are really great products to use to make Christmas cards.  Just click on the photo of any of the products to find out more about them – and to purchase them in my Stampin' Up! store if you'd like!


Posted on : Dec 07 2014
Posted under Stamping |

December 6th – Let It Snow!

Aloha, all!

     As you may recall, we're living with a lava flow pretty close to where we live.  It's the main – only? – topic of conversation with a group of two or more people get together.  Today at breakfast, a friend told me about a set of greeting cards that have photos of the lava on the front, with the words, "Let it flow, let it flow, let it flow."  Believe me, as much as I dislike living in snow, I'd rather be saying, "Let it snow!"


     So snowflakes are the center of today's card.  This particular snowflake comes from the Stampin' Up! Photopolymer Stamp Set, Endless Wishes.  I love this set with the three delightfully light snowflakes.  There are three sizes an I chose the middle one to fit in the 1-1/4" square that's the stamped layer in this layout from my 2010 Card Layout eBook.  I'm using this eBook to keep me on track with ideas for new cards using this year's Stampin' Up! products!

     As I knew I wanted to use a piece of Designer Series Paper (DSP), I chose which DSP I'd use before I chose the cardstock colors for the stamped snowflakes.  The DSP is All Is Calm Specialty DSP, and the sheet I chose includes the colors Pear Pizzazz and Lost Lagoon.  So off I went to get those cardstock colors from my stash.  I stamped the images using Versa Mark and then embossed them with White Stampin' Emboss Powder.  I cut Whisper White mats for the stamped squares which does a nice job of setting them off from the DSP in the background.  I used Stampin' Dimensionals to complete the effect.

     After I layered up all the layers except the card base, I added a bow made with Lost Lagoon 3/8" Silky Taffeta Ribbon.  What fun that ribbon is with which to work!  After that, I still felt the card needed a little more pizzazz (besides the "pear" variety) so I added some Rhinestone Basic Jewels to the center of each snowflake.  Bingo, done!

     Here are the products I featured in this project today.  Just click on any of the pictures to learn more about them, and even to order them from my Stampin' Up! store!


Posted on : Dec 06 2014
Posted under Stamping |

December 5th – Back to Christmas!

Aloha, all!

     After a brief break for a birthday card, I was eagerly back to making Christmas Cards, and got so much done as I devoted yesterday to being just a day for crafting.  Today is a bit more devoted to domestic chores as I have a neighbor over for a crafting session with some of my new (that is, unused) Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog products.  We're having lunch before our crafting, so the house has to be in a bit better order!


     Actually for today's project I opened up a stamp set that hadn't seen the light of day until I decided to use it with this layout.  As with all of my December 2014 cards, I'll be using layouts from my 2010 eBook.  This approach has really helped me focus more quickly on my projects.

     All three of the stamps that I used for this project are from the Stampin' Up! Ornamental Pine Stamp Set.  I used another stamp from the set, "Christmas Wishes," on the inside of the card.  Now that I think of it, I think I may add the pine cone to the inside, too!  I love it when I come up with an idea after the card is finished, photographed and posted online!  No problem with changes until the card is signed and mailed.

     I used three colors along with the Silver Stampin' Dazzle Marker, for this project.  For the pine image, I inked up the stamp using Garden Green, and then used an Aqua Painter to remove the green from the branch.  Then I used my Early Espresso Stampin' Write Marker to color the branch.  I planned how I was going to orient the stamped image after I had cut the layer to the right, although I added the stamp before I adhered the right layer.

     The ornament was stamped using Cherry Cobbler Classic Ink.  I was really surprised and pleased at how well the image in this ornament stamped onto the Very Vanilla paper.  I did touch up in few spots using a blender pen with the ink.  I just love this image!

     The slim layer on the right was just the perfect size for the sentiment from the stamp set.  Once again, I stamped the entire image using Garden Green ink, then wiped the ink off the upper case M and colored it again using Cherry Cobbler ink.  Once I finished with this, I sponged the edge of the layer using Cherry Cobbler Ink.  I think the sponged edge sets this layer off from the rest of the Very Vanilla card.

     To tie the ornament together with the pine sprig, I made a "string" bow at one of the branches, and drew a straight line – with a ruler! I do not draw straight lines well at all – all using the Silver Stampin Dazzle Marker.  Then I punched a four-petal design using one of the Itty Bitty Punch Pack punches and placed that at the center of the "bow" and added a Cherry Cobbler Candy Dot to the center.

     At this point I hadn't decided what I was going to do with the blank area on the slim layer – even leaving it blank was an option!  But once I used that Candy Dot on the pine branch, I just felt like adding some to the right.  I chose both the Cherry Cobbler and Graden Green Candy Dots as both are in the Regals Collection of Candy Dots.  And that finished my card!

     I love all the products I used in this project! You can learn more about them and even order them right online by clicking on the product picture below.  I hope you have fun with it!


Posted on : Dec 05 2014
Posted under Punches, Stamping |

December 4th – With a Break for a Birthday Wish!

Aloha, all!

     I had to make a birthday card pretty quickly yesterday and I figured why not continue to use the layout sketches from my 2010 eBook – afer all, they're not just for Christmas!


     Do you recognize this layout?  Yup, it's basically the same as yesterday's!  But there are a few differences as I wanted to do a bit more with this special card for a good friend.  The first difference was that I wanted a monocolor style of card using Marine Mist as my main color.  But I also wanted to use a different blue as an accent.  I chose Night of Navy for the accent, including adding some Night of Navy Cardstock in the mats for both stamped layers.  I also used Night of Navy Candy Dots from the Regals Collection of Candy Dots, to accent three of the stamped flowers. 

     Both the flowers and the greeting are from the same stamp set, Stampin' Up!'s Stamp Set, Gifts of Kindness.  I love the polka dot design in the flower image, and felt I just had to carry the polka dot theme through to more of the card.  My first choice for this was the polka-dotted Marine Mist paper from the Subtles Backgrounds Paper Stack.  My next choice was the Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder to texturize the Whisper White background.  I fussed with this for a while, then decided to cut the texturized layer and insert a piece of Marina Mist Cardstock between the texturized layer and the card base.  That I liked.

     But when I laid everything out for one last look before I started gluing things together, I found I didn't like the black area in the upper right quadrant of the card.  Oooooh, back to tying my projects together with ribbon!  So out came my roll of Whisper White 1/4" Cotton Ribbon.  A perfect finish for the card, which is already in the mail!

     Here are the products I featured in this project.  Just click on any of the images to find out more about any of the products – or to buy them right then and there in my Stampin' Up! Store!


Posted on : Dec 04 2014
Posted under Sizzix, Stamping |

It’s Christmas Month – Day 3!

Aloha, all!

     Don't faint – this really is the third post in as many days!  It's also the last time I'll bring your attention to any streak I may be on as the holiday season progresses!


     For today's project, I used some more stamps from the Stampin' Up! Get Your Santa On Stamp Set.  This is one set that I deliberated about a bit when I was deciding what to order from this year's Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog.  But as I kept going back and forth through the catalog, I found myself stopping to look more closely at these stamps more often the closer I got to finalizing my order.  Oh, what the heck!  It looked cute and easy to color in, so why not.

     And as I started through the layout sketches from my 2010 eBook, I decided that this layout would be perfect for these particular stamps from that set.  I added in some papers from the Trim the Tree Designer Series Paper (DSP) Stack, and I really liked the result!  If you happen to have these papers in your collection, you might be wondering how I managed to use the paper with the little chevron design in a wide format.  For those of you who don't have the paper, the size of the paper is 4-1/2" by 6-1/2", with the line of chevrons marching across the 4-1/2" width of the papers.  This layer is 5" wide.  What I did was to cut two 2" strips of the paper, making sure I'd captured the same color set in both of them, and I taped them together to create a 9" strip.  I cut the 5" piece so that the place where the edges meet is under the stamped image with its mat.  It actually looked pretty good at the edges, but I could hide them, so I did.

     The main colors in this card are Real Red and Garden Green.  If you look really closely, you can see that I added in just a bit of pink on Santa's cheeks – it's just a few dots of Calypso Coral painted on with a blender pen. 

Inside3     Another feature of the stamp set that I really like is that some of the sentiment stamps go well together in twos.  Yesterday's project showed two sentiments in the same image.  For today's project, I included the "A Merry Little Wish…" on the front of the card.  And inside, I included, "…For All Good Things That Christmas Brings."  Oh, and the cute little Santa hat was a nice addition, don't you think?

     If you'd like to find out more about the products that I featured in today's blog post, just click on either of the photos below and you'll be taken right to my Stampin' Up! website – where you can order the products if you wish!


Posted on : Dec 03 2014
Posted under Stamping |

It’s Christmas Month – Day 2!

Aloha, all!

     Wow, can you believe a project from me two days in a row!  Actually, I'm planning for a lot more than that, but one step at a time is a good start.

     Besides being December 2nd, this is also the day for the biweekly SUO Challenges Design Team to show off their projects.  This week the theme is "Tag, You're It!"  We were supposed to make a project that involved either a tag for a gift or decoration or a Stampin' Up! tag shape on a greeting card.


     As you can see, I chose to include a tag on a Christmas Card.  For the central element in this card, I made a tag with the Tag Topper Scalloped Punch. The size cardstock needed for this punch just happened to be the size of the stamped layer in one of the layout sketches in my 2010 Card Layout eBook – and that made it a perfect fit both for my December projects AND the SUO Challenge!

     Not only did the Tag Topper Punch work for this, so did the stamped designs from the Get Your Santa On Stamp Set in the Stampin' Up! 2014 Holiday Catalog.  There are three separate stamps here, but all three seem to make a good design.  It's especially easy to arrange photopolymer stamps on an acrylic block when stamping to include all three in one design.  For this design, I used Real Red, Pear Pizzazz, Soft Suede, and just a touch of Hello Honey Classic Inks.  Then I formed the mat for the central image from Pear Pizzazz and Real Red Cardstock.

     For the main background for this card, I used a piece of Pear Pizzazz Cardstock which I embossed with the Lucky Stars Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  Finally I finished the card with another mat of Real Red Cardstock and a bow made with the Real Red 3/8" Satin Woven Ribbon.

     As I'm going along with my projects for the month, I'm trying to pick out which projects would be most fun duplicating (the 20 cards I'll get done before mailing time is over for Christmas are not going to be NEARLY enough!).  This is one of those cards, especially as I can arrange all three of the stamps on one acrylic block and just stamp away.  Looks like it took a lot of work, but not so much, huh?

     If you've got an idea for a tag in a project, I hope you'll consider entering it in the current SUO Challenge.  What a way to make a card or decoration you'd have to make anyway – show it off for all who visit the challenge blog to see!

     Here are the products I featured in this project.  Just click on the picture to learn more about the product and even to order it to help in making your OWN Christmas projects!








Posted on : Dec 01 2014
Posted under Challenges, Punches, Sizzix, Stamping, SUO Challenges |