Fun With a Watermelon Stamp!

Aloha, all!

     What a busy weekend I had, and the week's turning into one that will be just as busy. Party of the busy-ness is getting my craft room straightened out after a class last week to get ready for yet another class THIS week. A couple of my friends are just as enthusiastic about a lot of the new products in the latest Stampin' Up! catalog as I am. So we're off to work on projects using another stamp set.

     But for today, as I was gathering a mountain of "stuff" from my work table to put away, I finally had to open my June Paper Pumpkin kit. I knew if I put it aside anywhere, it would get buried and I'd forget about it until it was too late in the summer to make good use of the very summery themed papers and stamps!

     For those of you who get the Paper Pumpkin kits – or even for those of you who've seen the kits online – you'll certainly recognize the fruit-salad themed pattern that was the cover of the card base for this month's 6 greeting cards. Then the mat for this piece of card you'll recognize as the paper that made up the 4 gift bags that were also in the same kit. Yes, the pattern is like watermelon rind – love it! But there were several "issues" with all of this that made me decide to start cutting stuff up to make my own designs.

     First, the cards in this kit are notecard-sized cards, and I much prefer the A2 sized cards that are 5-1/2" x 4-1/4". Second, the way that the cards were printed, it just felt to me as if whoever had decided which way the fruit design was to go had gotten it wrong, and everything just seemed too upside down for me. I wanted this design to have more of those large pineapples to be right side up than wrong side up. So I flipped the design when I cut the front off the note card.

     Finally, I really have little use for gift bags with a summer watermelon theme. Thirty or forty years ago, that might have worked for me. But today, with no kids or grandkids around, I'm really not involved in any gatherings that require any more than one gift bag at a time, and then rarely a watermelon-themed bag.

     So that's why I cut stuff up and put it back together in my own way! 

     I really do like the watermelon stamps. I like that I can stamp the "rind" using the Emerald Envy Stampin' Spot that came with the kit, filled in with the watermelon fruit stamp using the Melon Mambo Stampin' Spot that also came with the kit. Yes, there were TWO stampin' spots in this kit! Hooray for that as I now have those to add to my collection. There is a stamp in the Paper Pumpkin stamp set that alludes to "sweet." But it's meant to go on the outside of a gift bag, saying something like "something sweet for you." (Yup, I've already put the stamp set away and I'm not going to go drag it back out again just to get the quote right). So I went looking for another sentiment, finding the "You're So Sweet" stamp in the Mixed Drinks Stamp Set that's in the current Stampin' Up! catalog.

     The final non-Paper Pumpkin touches that I put on this card were the Daffodil Delight Cardstock layer behind the printed layers, and the Daffodil Delight 1/4" Double-Stitched Ribbon from which I made the bows on the front of the card. Oh, and then there was the plain old Whisper White Thick Cardstock card base. I love white on the inside of cards, and this was a nice complement to the Whisper White circle on the front of the card.

     So now my June Paper Pumpkin kit is as done as I'm going to make it (yes, there is one bag left and I have some fun watermelon paper to put it in if I have a gift-giving occasion this summer). And now I can start getting ready for my Thursday class this week. The stamp set is not a new one, but everything else will be new. Do you have a stamp set that you'd like me to use to make a tutorial? If so, the next two weeks are the time to ask me to get that done as I'm off to Minnesota in mid-July, and then – oh, no! It will be time for the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog!!!!! Christmas will be here before you know it and it's only June!

     So, back in June – here are the products that I used to complement the Paper Pumpkin kit for June 2017. Please do click on any of the pictures to go straight to my very own Stampin' Up! store! Learn more about any of these products, and just order them while you're there!

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Posted on : Jun 26 2017
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My New Favorite Stamp Set!

Aloha, all!

     As you might imagine, if you've seen a copy of the new Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog, it's finally come to me that my real favorite stamp set from this catalog really should be the Climbing Orchid Stamp Set. After all, I live on the "Orchid Isle" in the Hawaiian Islands, and there are orchids growing in trees and baskets all over our garden. How could I not want to start turning out orchid card after orchid card?!

     For this card, I copied the color scheme from a photograph I found online. It was a soft yellow Phalaenopsis orchid, with just a tint of a pinkish color. So I picked So Saffron Cardstock for the base of the flower. I stamped the line art flower from the Stamp Set using Rose Red Ink, and then applied some Flirty Flamingo Ink using a Blender Pen to add highlights around the edges.

     The layout of the card is CASEd from the Stampin' Up! Catalog, page 21. I wanted to use some of the Crushed Curry paper with the cracked design from the Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack. To conserve my paper, I cut the 6" square piece in half, so it's only 3" wide as opposed to the wider paper in the catalog's card. For the other piece of paper, I chose one of the lighter wood designs from the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack, cut to 3" for the same reason as with the Color Theory paper. Before mounting the orchids, which I die cut using the Orchid Builder Framelits set, onto the papers, I stamped the 3 stems as well as the sentiment (also from this stamp set) using Early Espresso Classic Ink.

     The background cardstock is a piece of Flirty Flamingo Cardstock that I texturized using the new Layered Leaves 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. It gives these and other cards with floral designs a beautiful background feeling!

     The card base, which I usually make using either Whisper White or Very Vanilla Thick Cardstock, this time is made of the So Saffron Cardstock. It's a nice weight for a card base, and light enough for writing a note inside.

     Here are the Stampin' Up! products that I feature in this card. You can click on any of the pictures below and be carried off to my very own Stampin' Up! store. Do definitely click on anything that interests you. There's no obligation to purchase anything and I won't bug you afterwards – I have no idea when someone visits my store! So you can learn more about these products at your own pace, any time 24/7/365!


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Posted on : Jun 22 2017
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Patriotic Colors!

Aloha, all!

     Tomorrow is the official beginning of the season of Summer (in the Northern Hemisphere of this fair planet) and it's definitely time to be thinking of the summertime activities that the month of July brings. For us in the United States and Canada, July brings with it our celebrations of Independence Day – July 1st for Canada and July 4th for the United States. Today also brings the latest Stampin' Up! Only Challenge, with its very seasonal theme for us of Patriotic Colors. In the United States, it's Hooray for the Red, White and Blue! So those are the colors I picked for this challenge (of course!)

     I'm not by any means an expert in which Red and which Blue we're supposed to use for patriotic colors of the United States. But I have to tell you that Night of Navy, a true blue Stampin' Up! dark blue, was just too dark for me to use in this project. I wanted something a bit lighter and airier. So out came my Pacific Point. This has nothing to do with the fact that I live in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Oh, wait. Maybe it does? Oh, whatever – that's the blue I picked, so there!

     I've been trying as much as possible to show off cards here that have both an image and a sentiment to feature so that those of you who like to copy what I do can just pull out one stamp set. And, if you're thinking of buying something that you could use for the project, you only have to shop for one stamp set. This time it's the set, Watercolor Words, with that fun sketched star and the "hooray" sentiment.

     After I put the Real Red Cardstock on the Whisper White Cardstock layer, I thought it needed some texture. While the Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder was initially meant to invoke the idea of snow, I think it does an equally nice job of evoking of the idea of fireworks falling from the sky. So Softly Falling it was for the texture. After that, I definitely needed some stars, so I selected two different colors – at the top there are 3 gold stars from the Metallics Enamel Shapes set, and at the bottom 3 Real Red stars from the Brights Enamel Shapes set. After the final mat of Pacific Point Cardstock and the card base of the Whisper White Thick Cardstock were added, the card was done! Red, White and Blue it is!!

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Posted on : Jun 19 2017
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My 2 Favorite New Colors!

Aloha, all!

     With 5 brand new colors being offered by Stampin' Up! in its latest catalog, I've quickly come to the realization that Berry Burst is my favorite new color. The realization was courtesy of my being down to my last sheet of the Berry Burst Cardstock! Not to worry. I have a whole pack on order. But there is a number 2 in the running for favorite, and that's Tranquil Tide. And boy do they go nicely together!

     I was looking for another stamp set (can't remember which one) to use for a challenge card. The challenge involved using new colors as well as Designer Series Paper. When my fingers flipped past the Artistically Asian Stamp Set, I stopped and went back to the set. I pulled it off of the shelf and the layout immediately came to mind.

     The most difficult part of this project was getting the floral image to stamp cleanly. I colored the image using my Stampin' Write Markers, and, as this is a rubber stamp not a photopolymer stamp, I had to continue to move my stamp around in the light to make sure that I was getting all parts of the image colored with the correct color. Applying the Berry Burst Marker was the hardest. After some practice on scrap paper, I moved over to the Color Theory Designer Series Paper I planned to use and applied the stamp being guided by my Stamp-a-ma-jig. And, yes, I did have to stamp it more than once. I have to say that all the effort was worth it!

     The next part that I had to work a bit on was using the Stitched Shapes Framelits to make both of the shapes I wanted to make a part of my layout. The square was easy as the framelits are square (or round or oval – but square for this card). To make the smaller rectangle, I first cut another square of the same size, with the sentiment towards the bottom of the die-cut square. Then I ran this through the Big Shot again, having moved the top of the framelit down so that it was just above the sentiment. I slide the framelit around a bit until it felt like the "stitch" notches fit properly into the already die-cut piece. It worked! I'd done this before, but I don't do it enough not to worry about it, especially when I'm using up Designer Series Paper pieces!

     To finish, I had to make a choice about which of the two colors I was using: which would be the cardstock background and which would be the ribbon. You can see my choice, and I think that this is just lovely. If I didn't have so many new stamp sets and other papers and colors to use right now, I might actually try this card again reversing the colors! Maybe in the future. We'll see.

     Meanwhile, you might be interested in the products that I used for this project. If so, please click on the photos below to learn more about them and even to order them in my Stampin' Up! Store – which is open 24/7/365!


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Posted on : Jun 17 2017
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Coffee in a CASE!

Aloha, all!

     The "CASE" in the subject of this post refers to a stamper's practice of using someone else's design as the basis for a new – or nearly new – project. CASE stands for Copy And Share with Everyone. In this case (double meaning here!), I was given the challenge of CASEing this project on page 126 of the latest Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog.

     While I love the Daisy theme, I had another stamp set in my new collection that I'd yet too use. So out came the Coffee Café Stamp Set and Coffee Cups Framelits Dies.

     I even used the coordinating Coffee Break Designer Series Paper set for this card! This set of paper has become my go-to favorite to use with lots of different stamp sets. When you look at a set of Designer Series Paper in the Stampin' Up! catalog, don't be too distracted by the designs that seem to be made for just one stamp set. Every sheet has another side to it, and sometimes those are the best sides as far as I'm concerned. While I'm sure I'll eventually use the sheet from this set that has coffee pots and cups all over it – or coffee beans or branches all over – I'm definitely going to be using the "other sides" a lot this coming year. There are two of those on this card.

     A fun part of the Coffee Café stamp set is that there are two sentiment stamps that fit right onto the coffee cup shape. Love this! And finally Stampin' Up! has given us a gorgeous roll of ribbon in the Garden Green Color – one of the 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon spools that has had other colors featured in past catalogs. And the final touch for this card is that I added a few of the Metallic Sequins Assortment.

     This was a fun and easy card to make, especially since I didn't have to do too much in the way of figuring out a layout. And I got to use yet another of my new stamp sets! If you'd like to experience some of the fun, be sure to check out my very own Stampin' Up! Store, which is open online just for you 24/7/365. Or click on any of the pictures below to learn more about that product before you order it!



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Posted on : Jun 15 2017
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If Life Gives You Lemons….

Aloha, all!

     The good thing for me is that life doesn't make a habit of giving me lemons!  But I was quite happy to see the wonderful Lemon Zest Stamp Set appear in the newest Stampin' Up! Catalog. What fun it has been playing with that set and the punches that coordinate so well with it. It also had meant that, finally, I am making good use of my long-neglected Crushed Curry Ink.

     Once I decided to use this set, and to make the lemons the color of Crushed Curry, I had to decide which green I wanted to use to coordinate. After some trial and error, I found that I really liked Old Olive Ink for the lemon leaves and the cardstock accent color. The next step was to decide on which of the many crushed current Designer Series Papers I would use for this project. When I narrowed my choice down to two of the sheets from the Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack, I couldn't decide whether to use the light or darker sheet. So – of course! – I used both! The technique of taking two sheets of paper or cardstock and turning one slightly one way and the other in the other direction is not one I've used a lot. But it really works nicely here, I think.

     The sentiments in this stamp set are a lot of fun to use, and they're very definitely of the mix-and-match variety. I chose the two in this card just because I love the word Zest. It just makes me feel perky, whether I'm in the kitchen zesting a piece of citrus, or in my craft room looking at this stamp set! I stamped the two sections of the sentiment on one piece of cardstock, and notched it on one end using with the Banner Triple Punch.

     Using punches was the theme of the day with this card. I used the new Lemon Builder Punch to punch both the full lemon and the leaves after I had stamped them with the Curry and Olive colors. Then I stamped two of the "slices" and punched those out using the 1-3/4" Circle Punch. for which these slices were designed. Perfect!

     After I adhered all the layers and punched pieces together, I tied it all together with a knot made of the new Old Olive 3/8" Mini Chevron Ribbon, and then sprinkled some Crushed Curry Enamel Shapes from the Regals Collection of the enamel shapes. I adhered it all to a card base made of Whisper White Thick Cardstock. Love that thick cardstock for a card base – and now we have Very Vanilla for that, too! More about that in a future post.

     Meanwhile, you might well be interested in some of these products. So here's a list. Click on any of the pictures and you'll be taken directly to my very own Stampin' Up! Online Store where you can learn more about the products as well as buy them when you're ready! One thing that you'll notice is that the Lemon Zest Stamp Set can be bundled with the Lemon Builder Punch with a 10% discount for buying them together in a bundle. Definitely a deal!


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Posted on : Jun 13 2017
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Message in a Bottle Stamp Set!

Aloha, all!

     Yes, the first stamp set I used out of the box is all about a bottle! In this case, the fun new Stampin' Up! Message in a Bottle Stamp Set.

     If you look at the picture of the stamp set at the end of this post, you'll see that there are quite a few things that can be stamped inside this bottle – "I Love You" messages; an octopus; a whale; a ship (my husband's retired Coast Guard, and I dare not call that image a boat!); and, of course, this cute little mermaid. There are sentiments to go with all of these images, along with some fun toppers for the bottle.

     But my heart strings were plucked by that cute little mermaid and her delightful smile! So she was it. Then I had to go find some paper to help me decide what my layout would be like. As I went through all my new paper (and, no, I haven't bought it all yet), I stopped dead when I saw the heart design on the Coffee Break Designer Series Paper. Who would have thought I'd find exactly what I wanted in this paper set? I had been thinking I'd make the "water" in the bottle using Pool Party ink. But Soft Sky is one of the colors in this set of papers – and, it happens, on the reverse of the same sheet as the hearts that originally caught my eye. So I decided to use both sides of this sheet of paper, and split the card in half in the landscape direction.

     Before I added the layers of paper onto a mat of Early Espresso (another color in the papers), I tied a piece of Soft Sky 3/8" Classic Weave Ribbon around the Designer Series Papers where they met in the middle. Finally, I stamped, colored, and cut out (by hand) the bottle with the little mermaid in it. The colors on the mermaid are Garden Green, Peekaboo Peach, and Pumpkin Pie, all of which I applied using Blender Pens. I penned in her skin lightly, and varied the other colors a bit. Love that red headed mermaid!

     The sentiment at the bottom of the card is made up of two sentiments from the stamp set. I set them apart a bit so that I could add a heart shape from the Garden Green Enamel Shapes sheet which is part of the Regals Enamel Shapes set. How nicely that ties in with the design on the paper!

     So that's my first project from my big new catalog order. I'm pretty sure that I know which set will be part of my next project, but I won't let the cat out of the bag (no, that's not a hint) until I actually set ink to paper! Meanwhile, here are the main products I featured in today's project. My Stampin' Up! Store is open for business 24/7/365, so be sure to click on a product if you think it's one you might like to have. Or just call or e-mail me to let me know you'd like to order something, and I can do it for you! My e-mail address and phone number are at the top of this page!


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Posted on : Jun 11 2017
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Love My New Stuff from Stampin’ Up!

Aloha, all!

     I have been SOOO busy this week, and not in my wonderful Craft Room. I volunteer for a local arts organization and it was the time of the year to be auditing our year-end financials. Guess who gets to do the auditing? Stopping to play with my new Stampin' Up! "stuff" was not an option. Not only that, my box of goodies had arrived late Monday afternoon, and I didn't get to open it until Friday morning! I may have to rethink this auditing stuff next year. Actually, we made a few procedural changes, so I don't think next year will be nearly the chore as it was this year.

     But about that box of new Stampin' Up! products –

     This was a BIG box! And what you're looking at here is just the tip of the iceberg that pretty much stopped me in my tracks. I couldn't believe I ordered that much stuff!!! Well, actually, I could believe it because I wanted each and every item in that box. But at the moment I was faced with the daunting task of inventorying it and putting it away. And, yes, as of now, it is all put away. Some things have been pulled back out, and I've made a card with two of the products you can see here, along with some new Designer Series Paper, which is lying comfortabled on the bottom of this box, out of the fray.

     Tomorrow I'll share my very first project made from my new goodies. I hope to be able to get to all my new stamp sets and ribbons and other stuff before the month is out.

     So stop back on Sunday morning to see what I made first!


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Posted on : Jun 09 2017
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Introduction to New Stampin’ Up! Products – Part 3: A New 3D Dynamic Impressions Folder!

Aloha, all!

     For my Stampin' Up! Only Challenge project yesterday, I chose a new Stamp Set, Designer Series Paper set, and fun ribbon for a "Thinking of You" greeting card. Do you know what would have made that an even better card? The newest 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder – Layered Leaves! The reason that I didn't have that is because I just ordered it last Thursday when the new Stampin' Up! Catalog went live! I was able to order the other products BEFORE the Catalog went live (we demonstrators do get some privileges!). But I could not order the embossing folder.

     Here is a video that Stampin' Up! has published as we start the new catalog year, and I'm sure you're going to see just why I can hardly wait to get my hands on this! The video also has some great tips for using the 3D Embossing Folders, too! As of the newest catalog, there are now 5 of these folders in the Stampin' Up! collection.

     I am going to be SOOOO confused trying to figure out which of my new Stampin' Up! toys I'm going to use first when my box arrives! I can see that things are going to be even a bit crazier than usualy around my Craft Room for the next few weeks!


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Posted on : Jun 07 2017
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Out In the Garden With Delightful Daisies!

Aloha, all!

     With all the new Stampin' Up! Catalog excitement, I haven't forgotten that today is the day for the biweekly Stampin' Up! Only Challenge post! Believe it or not, we picked these themes for the challenges many months ago. We had no idea that Stampin' Up! was going to give us Demonstrators the opportunity to pre-order the lovely  Delightful Daisy Suite of products from the new catalog. This has just got to be THE perfect suite of products for this challenge.

     I was tempted to get out my new Daisy Punch and show off the Daisy Stamp from the Daisy Delight Stamp Set. But the punch is already on back order (can you believe that Stampin' Up! demonstrators snatched them all up?! I can because we all want to show them off to our customers so you'll buy them, too! But Stampin' Up! is taking care of that and promises the punch will be back in stock soon.

     So then I was going to use the smaller stamps in the stamp set (lovely all!) until I started looking at paper to feature in my card. There, right in the middle of a sheet of paper from the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper set was this lovely (am I overusing that word?) bouquet of flowers. Yes, there are some daisies in that bouquet. But there are also some fun tulips that will go beautifully with the new hostess set, Tranquil Tulips. But that's for another post.

     Let's just say that I figured I could not make a prettier bouquet than this one. So I cut it out with an oval from the Layering Ovals Framelits Set, matting it with the pattern on the other side of the same sheet, using a scalloped oval from the same Framelits set.

     I did finally use something from the Daisy Delight Stamp Set when I stamped the sentiment. I tried to curve the sentiment stamp a bit to fit into one of the banner shapes from the Banners for You Stamp Set, and almost made it just as I envisioned it. I need more practice! Then I punched the banner out using one of the dies from the Bunch of Banners Framelits set, mounted that and the oval die-cuts onto a piece of Old Olive Cardstock that I'd embossed using the Petal Burst Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

     I tied the card front all together with a piece of the brand new Daffodil Delight 1/4" Double Stitched Ribbon. I'm so excited about all the new ribbon in the catalog this year! And I'm sure that this is going to remain one of my favorites!

     So that's it for today's project. The challenge over at SUO Challenges goes for two weeks. Maybe you'll have some new products related to your garden that you'd like to show off? If so, be sure to go over to their blog post and enter the challenge!

Posted on : Jun 05 2017
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