Happy Birthday, Jadon!

Aloha, all!

     Happy Birthday to Jadon, a young man whom we several years ago adopted as a grandson. Oh, he has "real" grandparents, but there was a time when he saw more of us than he did of his other grandparents. So we became Grandma Robin and Grandpa Harry, and we're quite happy with that. These days, as we don't travel to the U. S. mainland as often as we used to, we don't get to see him all that much either. But we keep in touch, especially when his birthday comes around in October!


     Even though this is Jadon's second year as a teenager, I still really like to try to make him something cute for his birthday that will make him smile. He has just the best smile in the whole world for a young man of his age. We won't be there when he opens this card, but I'm sure I know what his smile will look like!

     Originally, I'd planned to have only the one stamped image on this card – the fun crab from the You're Sublime Stamp Set. The stamp consists of the crab outline and the "Have a Snappy Day" sentiment. To create the background, I inked up only the crab image, being careful not to get ink on the sentiment. Yup, it happened anyway, but on one of the stamped images that's hidden behind the large crab in the middle. Love how layers can cover up a multitude of smudges and such! But once I had the card pretty much done, I thought a little bit of color on the background layer would add a nice touch. So I went hunting for the Seaside Shore Stamp Set and one of the little Starfish images in that set. I used the smallest starfish, and that filled up some of that empty space nicely.

     To make the central image, I stamped the whole stamp – sentiment and all – and then colored in the crab using Real Red Classic Ink and Blender Pens. If I'd just used a Real Red Stampin' Write Marker by itself, I know from experience that I would have done a great job of hiding the expression on that cute crab. The color is just too deep to let the black lines show through. Blender Pens do the trick of adding the color, but not as deep as the marker would.

     I cut the oval around the crab, as well as the scalloped oval that makes up the mat, using the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies. Then I finished off the card with a piece of Real Red 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon. All of the products in this project, by the way, are in the Stampin' Up! 2016-2017 Annual Catalog. Somehow I managed to make a card this time of the year without anything from the Holiday Catalog. Wonder how that happened?!

     Anyway, here are the products I feature in this project. Just click on any of the pictures to go to my Stampin' Up! Website Store to get more information or to buy the products listed!


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Posted on : Oct 09 2016
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Some Designer Series Papers Are On Sale – Here’s an Idea!

Aloha, all!

     If you're on my newsletter mailing list, you'll remember that, in this month's newsletter, I included instructions for making one my version of one of the designs that Stampin' Up! created to publicize it's "Buy-3-Get-1-Free" Designer Series Paper sale. That sale will go on all month!

     Today, I'd like to share my version of another sample published by Stampin' Up! Even though I really need to spend more time getting Christmas cards done, I also need to keep my stash of day-to-day cards in good shape. I won't be sending Christmas Cards out for another two months, but I need to have cards for other stuff between now and then!


     So for this card, I used one of my favorites in my collection of Standard Designer Series Paper sets, By the Shore Designer Series Paper. Yes, this is one of the sets that's included in the October Stampin' Up! sale, and my third set of this paper is definitely on order!

     This greeting card would look great with any colors and any Designer Series Papers. But I have some other designs to demonstrate before I start redoing this layout. I'm really hoping that cards like this will entice you to try Stampin' Up!'s October Designer Series Paper sale! In fact, here's something I've not done in a while on my blog – a sketch with measurements! And following that, there's a link to the page on my website that includes all the Designer Series Papers that are included in the October sale!


     I began placing the small squares by first adhering one of the corner squares to the Very Vanilla 3-1/2" square so that it is 1/8" from the two closest sides. Then place the other squares 1/8" away from that square, either vertically or horizontally, until all the squares are adhered. Other than that, this is a very simple layout!

Just click on the photo below to go to my website to learn more about Stampin' Up!'s Buy-3-get-1-free offer!



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Posted on : Oct 06 2016
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Buy-3-Get-1-FREE – Papers From Stampin’ Up!

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Posted on : Oct 05 2016
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Coming Soon: My 12 Weeks of Christmas Projects Newsletter

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     Have you seen my new newsletter sign up form over at the left? My 12 Weeks of Christmas Projects – 2016 weekly e-mails will start this coming Wednesday, and I'd love for you to be on the list!

     Each e-mail is a paper-crafting project only – no sales pitches at all! The first 5 projects will be greeting cards, and the 5 cards I've reserved for this program will not appear here on my blog, in my monthly newsletter or even over on my Facebook page. This is your only chance to get the projects from me!

     I'll be sending out my first e-mail at 1:00 pm Hawaii time on Wednesday, and all you have to do is to sign up by then to get all 12 projects from now until the week before Christmas.

     Don't wait! Each e-mail will only go out to those who are on my mailing list when it's sent! 



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Posted on : Oct 03 2016
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Stampin’ Up! World Card Making Day Special!

Aloha, all!

     I spent quite a bit of time yesterday making greeting cards for World Card Making Day. If you missed it, that's OK, because, as far as I'm concerned, every day should be Card Making Day! So today will be another card making day for me!

     Stampin' Up! is carrying it a bit further by having some card making specials for FIVE days! Here is a list of what's on sale. Most of these are 25% off. The best one for me was that, with a purchase of Fast Fuse Adhesive, I got a FREE REFILL! Bought several of those beauties. Did you know that the refills have more tape runner in them than the originals! And I use a lot of Fast Fuse in my projects.


     Oh, and don't even get me started on the Designer Tin of Cards Kit! This is just the most fun! Even if you don't have the supplies or even the stamp set that was made to go with it, you can use your own stamps and inks and make GORGEOUS cards in no time at all. Best part is that fun tin in which to store them all! And on sale!!!!

     Click on the pictures to go to my Stampin' Up! store to learn more about this sale and even to buy the products! You'll already be on my personal website so I'll get the demonstrator credit for the sales!

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Posted on : Oct 02 2016
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You’re Amazing – Another Fun CASE!

Aloha, all!

     Today I'm using a Stampin' Up! Stamp Set that's in the 2016-2017 Annual Catalog, but which you cannot buy by itself. It's the Watercolor Wishes Stamp Set, and it ships exclusively with the Watercolor Wishes Card Kit. This is an all-inclusive card kit – stamps and ink, along with the usual layers and embellishments. And, yes, I bought the kit just to have the stamp set. Of course, I've made most of the cards in the kit, but I'm still using that stamp set a LOT with my other cards!


     This design is not my own. A fellow Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Sandy Hancock, displayed this card online and I just fell in love with the layout. Of course, hers was different in many ways – she used pink, where I used Cucumber Crush; she didn't include a sentiment and I did; and she used lots of pearls and enamel shapes, but I just used some coordinating Thick Baker's Twine.

     What I did do that she did was to use the new Cable Knit Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder as my background layer, with a "flourish" die-cut using the Flourish Thinlits. It's such a lovely layout!

     If you ever see one of the cards that I've displayed on my own blog, and you have a question about it, please don't hesitate to add a comment here or even to e-mail me with your question. It happens quite a bit, believe it or not, and I love writing responses. It also helps me figure out what I should say about a card as I'm going through the process of writing the post that goes with it!

     Now here are the products I used to create today's project. As always, click on the picture of the product to learn more about it and/or buy it from my personal Stampin' Up! website.


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Posted on : Sep 30 2016
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A Belated Happy Birthday Wish for Carson!

Aloha, all!

     Last weekend was the celebration of our youngest grandson's 8th Birthday. Happy Birthday, Carson! We actually got this card made and sent out in plenty of time for the birthday, but I put off posting it on my blog until his birthday, then ran into a particularly busy weekend and totally spaced on it!


     I got the idea for this card when I saw another Stampin' Up! demonstrator stamp the Jar of Love Stamp Set with the little fireflies escaping. I immediately remembered that I'd taken a photo of Carson earlier this summer, and he was playing with fireflies out in a field in Ohio. Oh, this photo would be perfect to go with the jar and fireflies images to make a birthday card!

     There really isn't a lot to say about this card as it's pretty obvious to see that I simply stamped the jar, then the fireflies, using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. Then I stamped a round stamp that comes with the stamp set, using Daffodil Delight ink, to mimic the lighting of the fireflies. In one of those "well, I already had it on my workspace" moments, I picked the sentiment from the Mixed Borders Stamp Set to go with the card – it fit in that little space so well!

     As happens on occasion, I used a product that's not included in the Stampin' Up! collection of products to finish the card. I love making a stitched-looking edge, and I happen to own a set of these border dies made by another company. I think they finished off this card beautifully!

     Just one mesage for today – don't forget photographs! They can make beautiful elements on a greeting card! And here are the Stampin' Up! products I used in today's card:

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Posted on : Sep 29 2016
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Challenge Card: Thanks and Thanksgiving

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     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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A Quick Detour for Something Different!

Aloha, all!

     You all know that I am a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, and I truly love all things Stampin' Up! when it comes to papercrafting. You can probably also tell that I don't scrimp when it comes to stocking up on Stampin' Up! products because I certainly do show a lot of what I do with all of them right here on my blog. But every once in a while, I see something somewhere that's not Stampin' Up!, and it turns out to be the perfect thing for a project that I need to make right now. Today's project is made up of non-Stampin' Up! – or retired Stampin' Up! – products, with a sprinkling of current product. I can tell you that I had a lot of fun with this project, but I'm not about to make a habit out of it!


     The "right now" project that I need is a birthday card for my favorite niece. Actually, she's my only niece, but she'd still be my favorite if I had more than one, I'm sure. She is a full-fledged adult, with multiple Master's degrees and a high-powered job. But she still loves her unicorns. Yes, Stampin' Up! had a lovely unicorn in their catalog several years back. But, like most retired products, I didn't keep it. I now know better.

     I'd decided on the card I was going to make for Margie, but then I just happened to walk into my local scrapbook store yesterday, and there was a sample card made not only with this stamp set, but also with the great die-cut card front. Yep, I bought them both!

copics     As long as I was going non-Stampin' Up! with this project, I pulled out some Copic markers to rainbow color the unicorn's mane and tail. Ever since I tried out Stampin' Up!'s former Blendabilities product, I've really enjoyed using alcohol markers, and I felt I had a better chance of getting these colors to blend together with alcohol markers.The paper in the background is retired Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper (DSP), and I picked three of the colors from that to use for the rainbow of colors for the unicorn.

     Once I had cut out the image, stamped the greeting on the front and adhered the DSP, I needed to finish with some embellishments – and those had to be Stampin' Up! because I don't have any others! First I used some Melon Mambo and Bermuda Bay Thick Baker's Twine to wrap these layers and tie a bow. Then I added heart shapes from the Brights Collection Enamel Shapes – the same two colors with the addition of Pumpkin Pie.

     The final touch for this card was a light brushing of the unicorn with some Wink of Stella. I used Gold on the unicorn's horn and Clear on the rest of her. She really does shine nicely in real life.

     And this year's card for my niece is done! Not only that, but I have two other images in this stamp set that will make fun unicorns for at least two more years of Margie's Birthday. Now if I can just remember this time next year where I put the stamp set.

Posted on : Sep 21 2016
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Color Fusers Blog Hop September 2016 – Part 2

Aloha, all!

     Once again I'm more than pleased to be a part of the Color Fusers Blog Hop! This is my second month in the hop, and the second of the two projects we were to make with the September Colors:


     You might recall that, in my first blog hop with these colors, I chose to make a Christmas Card, and fleetingly wondered if I should make my next card with a Christmas tree. That thought just came out of the blue (well, blue's not a color this time, so out of some other color). But once I accepted the thought enough to put it in a blog post, it stuck in my little crafty brain!


     And it turns out I really like a Mint Macaron Christmas tree!

     I first tried to make the card with just the three colors I'd used in the last card – Mint Macaron, Rich Razzleberry, and Sweet Sugarplum. And it looked OK. But I walked away for a while and, when I came back, the word, "Gold," popped up in front of my face. Well, not really – but, as I'd already decided to put one of the Gold Enamel Shapes Stars at the top of the tree, the gold kind of took over. As it's a metallic, I'm allowed to use it in any project. Yay!

     For the tree, I stamped my favorite tree from the Peaceful Pines Stamp Set, using Mint Macaron Ink on Mint Macaron Cardstock. I really inked up that stamp so that the color would show up nicely on the matching cardstock. Then I cut the tree using a die from the  Perfect Pines Framelit Set to cut out the tree. I thought the tree would look nice laying on an oval shape. This is when I really got the idea for using all the gold in this project – I thought a thin frame of gold would be super nice. So out came the Layering Ovals Framelit Set. Some of these ovals have scallops and some have plain lines. It's nice to mix them up a bit!

     My original thought had been to stamp a greeting at the bottom of the card and heat emboss it with gold embossing powder. But I couldn't find what I wanted in my stash. While I was looking though, I wondered if I didn't have some Christmas greetings in a die cutting set somewhere. Of course! I've had the Wonderful Wreath Framelits Set since it first came out – and the Noel die cut was perfect! Of course, I cut it in gold.

     When it came to layering up the card, I thought a bit of the Gold Metallic Thread would carry this theme through to finish up the card beautifully. And it did!

     What fun I had with these colors for September! Now I have to figure out what to do with the October colors. But I have a few weeks before I have to finish that up – but I can tell you that it won't be a Christmas card!

     Now I hope you'll visit each and every one of these wonderful designers. I'm always amazed at how creative they all are! You'll get some fabulous ideas from their blog hop posts today!

Jason Loucks
Paola Phillips
Jo Anne Hewins
Melissa Kerman
Robin Messenheimer – You are here!
Pat Ertman

     And here are the products that I featured in today's Color Fusers Blog Hop!


Posted on : Sep 19 2016
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