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 |

Simply Painted!

Aloha, all!

     Once again I have managed to squeeze in some time in my craft room, and I really wanted also to squeeze in some time for the Stampin' Up! Painted Petals Stamp Set and the coordinating set of Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper as well!

     First of all, this design is not my original design, but that of a stamper who posted this on the Split Coast Stamper's gallery.  I initially looked at the design as an inspiration, not as one that I wanted to copy completely.  But with so little stamping time today, I said, "What the heck!" and made the copy.  Nonetheless, I thought I'd share it with you as perhaps you've not seen this idea elsewhere and you might be inspired to use some different inks or papers!

Thinking of You

     But my intention all along was to use this Designer Series Paper set, along with this stamp set.  I'm still going to work on some other designs inspired by this one, but not this time around!

     The colors in this particular sheet of the Designer Series Paper are Pacific Point and Wild Wasabi, and those are the colors I used in my stamped layer.  Besides the Painted Petals Stamp Set, I used the "Thinking of You" stamp from the Wetlands Stamp Set.  There are three really nice sentiments in that set – actually my favorites for everyday use.

     I actually used another sheet from this paper set earlier this week as I was preparing my January 2015 Newsletter.  If you'd like to see what I did with it there, along with some fun tutorials, just sign up for my newsletter in the upper left side of this blog post!  I'll be sending out late copies this weekend!

     And here are links to the three products I featured in this card.  One thing you should note is that I bought and used the Photopolymer version of the Painted Petals stamp set.  It's so much easier to layer up the individual stamps in this set when I can see right through the stamps!


     Oh, and if anyone knows the real name of the stamper who stamped this original design, please let me know and I'll edit this post to include it!

Posted on : Jan 10 2015
Posted under Stamping |

Happy First Birthday!

Aloha, all!

     I cannot believe that I actually had time to write a blog post today!  Poor kitty's sick again and will be overnighting at the vet's (sniff).  On top of that it looks as if we are actually going to move back into our own home next month.  But first we have to paint inside (why not while there's hardly any furniture there!) and it was my job to get paint and flooring samples as it looks like the redo will start on Monday!  That's a big hooray!

     While I was at the house yesterday taking care of some business, my next door neighbor asked if I might have time to make a birthday card for her grand niece's First Birthday.  Of course I could!  That's what I do, and I rarely have the opportunity to have to make something for a baby.  I could hardly wait to get back to our rental where I have my temporary craft room and get working on it!


     What fun it was to get back to some basics from the Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog!  Would you believe I couldn't remember what I had?  I finally had to go to the Stampin' Up! website and search for "birthday," run through all the pictures, and finally say, "Ooooh, I have that – I think"!

     It's been so long since I've used the Cupcake Builder Punch that I was worried, in our climate, that it would be stuck closed.  Woo-hoo, it opened right up and punched beautifully!

     For the bottom and cherry pieces of the cupcake, I used a Hello Honey colored sheet from the Lullaby Designer Series Paper (DSP) Set. For the "frosting" I used one of the Coastal Cabana sheets from the 2013-2015 In Color Background DSP Stack.  Then I took each of these two sheets to make the mats for the stamped layer and the card front. 

     I mounted the cupcake on a sheet of Whisper White Cardstock and stamped "Happy Birthday" on the same sheet using Coastal Cabana Classic Ink and the Sassy Salutations Stamp Set. After I mounted this layer onto the DSP mat layers, I tied a piece of Coastal Cabana Thick Baker's Twine around it and finished it in a bow. Then I mounted this whole layer onto another sheet from the Lullaby DSP Set.

     After I put the whole card together, I made the little circle element in the lower right corner of the card, first stamping the numeral, "1," on some Whisper White Cardstock using Coastal Cabana Ink and the Blockhead Alphabet Stamp Set. Then I punched the numeral out using the 1/2" Circle Punch, and finally I mounted it on a piece of the Coastal Cabana DSP which I'd punched with the 7/8" Circle Scallop Punch.

     Whew, lots of products in this project – but I loved getting my hands on so many things I've not used in forever!  This is always a fun thing to do.  But for the next few projects, I'm going to be focusing on the new 2015 Occasions Catalog – lots of fun, too!






Posted on : Jan 07 2015
Posted under Punches, Stamping |