Getting Ready for Thanksgiving!

Aloha, all!

     I have only one downline member who lives near me, and Dana is definitely a gem.  Not only did she come over to work on some creative projects with me yesterday, she helped me finish unpacking my craft room!  Thank you, Dana!

     I really have a lot for which to be thankful this year, and I'm looking forward to a week of getting ready to put a Thanksgiving dinner together with my husband and a couple of friends.  Even though I'm still in a rental home, waiting to see if the lava really has stopped its assault on the town near our own home, it really does feel like home after having been here for over two months.  And now, at the last minute, I'm looking forwrad to taking some time this weekend to finish up some Thanksgiving cards to send to my family on the U.S.A. mainland.

thanksgiving wreath

     And I'm finally getting to use more of the products that I purchased from the Stampin' Up! 2014 Holiday Catalog.  I bought the Wondrous Wreath Bundle from the catalog fully intending to use it a lot for fun fall projects.  I have always loved decorating the entrance to my home for the fall and Thanksgiving time because it always seemed too cold to do much decorating around Christmas time (even colder when it was time to take the decorations down!). 

     For today's card I chose three colors for the three steps of the wreath – Tangerine Tango, Cherry Cobbler and Real Red.  Especially when I lived in New Mexico, I loved to find the red berries that would go so beautifully with fall colored leaves, and I'd include a bow that captured the red of the berries.  With neither fall berries nor colorful fall leaves here where I live in Hawaii, this is my one chance to create a fall wreath.

     For the background to set off the wreath, I used the Mossy Meadow sheet from the Color Me Autumn Designer Series Paper set.  I also used a small piece of another sheet from that set as part of the little banner at the bottom right cornr of the card.

     The sentiment is from the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set, stamped in Tangerine Tango and cut out with the Word Window Punch.  I hand cut the banner paper and the Tangerine Tango mat behind it.  To add a bit of texture to the Very Vanilla background layer, I ran it through my Sizzix Big Shot with the Zig Zag Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

     The Wondrous Wreath bundle consists of the first two products pictured below, and costs 15% less than the two products individually.  I like 15% off!!  The stamp set provides us with three different stamps to compose the wreath, each building on the one before.  I always thought this was fun even back when we just had wood-mount stamp sets.  Now with the Photopolymer stamps, stamping this kind of a project is a breeze and a delight.  If you haven't tried it, I highly recommend you try this bundle as you get into the last 5 weeks of Christmas projects!

     I hope you have as much fun with your wreath projects as I'm having!






Posted on : Nov 22 2014
Posted under Punches, Sizzix, Stampin' Up! Tools, Stamping |

Thank You for Washi Tape!

Aloha, all!

     Indeed, I have still not recovered to my regular posting schedule. We're still in a bit of a stressful situation with the lava flow in our little town of Pahoa, Hawaii.  By this time many of you have seen national news reports about what's happening.  Actually, what's happening is happening VERY slowly!  Sometimes that lava is on a roll and taking over lands and roads.  Right now, it's just sitting around trying to decide what to do next. That's fine with me as it gives me a bit of time just to chill and do some paper crafting.  And for that I am VERY thankful!

     It turns out that "Thanks" is the theme for the current SU Only Challenge.  Nice!  I really do have quite a few people to thank for their help as we try to move away from the lava flow and become comfortable in a rental home several miles away from our own home. With the slow down, I don't have to go move stuff and I can make cards and even some scrapbook pages.


     As I've mentioned before (somewhere, even if not here), I bought a ton of the Color Me Autumn Suite of products to make sets of cards to give as gifts on a trip we never did take.  So I'd better start using some of it up!  The current SUO Challenge has helped me with this.  But I still had to come up with some design ideas. Going through magazines really helps with this!

     I made this set of autumn themed Thank You notes based on a design idea that I found in the latest issue of Card Maker Magazine (Winter 2014).  On page 47, there's a Note Stack using Washi Tape, and I immediately thought of the Color Me Autumn Designer Washi Tape, along with some of the other Color Me Autumn products.

     The three designer Washi Tapes that I used on these cards are all from the Color Me Autumn Set.  I loved trying to mimic the designs in the magazine with our Stampin' Up! Washi Tapes.  I didn't have to try to find at least three of the punches that were used in the magazine's designs as they used Stampin' Up! Punches.  The two current punches they used are the Scallop Oval and Modern Label Punches.  The samples used the old Corner Rounder Punch, and I just substituted the Project Life Corner Rounder Punch. And then I added in some papers punched using the Decorative Label Punch.  Both the color accent layers for each of the cards as well as the large punched elements on top of the Washi Tape designs were cut/punched from the Color Me Autumn Designer Series Paper.

     For the decorations on my cards, I used the Fun Fall Framelits Dies and the Autumn Wood Elements Embellishments.  It wasn't in the samples from which I CASEd these cards, but I just had to add some of the Regals Candy Dots to give a bit of another accent to each card.


     I think that I should have most of my household and crafting items moved from my permanent home to my temporary home – away from the lava flow – by next week.  I really thought I was done, but I keep finding more to do.  But I'll really try to be a bit more active on my blog as the fall of 2014 matches on!  So check back occasionally – I may have a real surprise for you!

     Here are links to some of the products I used in today's projects.  Just click on one of the pictures to learn more about – and even order! – the products!








Posted on : Nov 03 2014
Posted under Announcement, Project Life, Punches, Sizzix, Stamping, SUO Challenges |

Boo! I’m BACK (finally)!

Aloha, all!

     There has been SOOO much going on here on Hawaii's Big Island that I don't know where to start talking about it.  So perhaps the solution is not to start at all, but just get on with my papercrafting life!

     We are in a temporary rental home while still trying to maintain our own home and garden in another area of the island.  So my craft room is in a bit of, shall we say, disarray?  Yup, it's a mess.  But I do have enough of my supplies out where I can find them, and so I had to make a card!


     When the Stampin' Up! 2014 Holiday Catalog was published, I sent in an order for all kinds of products that I thought I'd enjoy using during September and October this year. The good news for me is that, even with everything that's been going on, I still have plenty of time to play with – AND show off – some of my Halloween goodies. Today I'm featuring the Fall Fest Photopolymer Stamp Set, along with the Fun Fall Framelits Dies.  I love being able to stamp something like those fun pumpkins and not have to sit and cut them all out by hand just because I want them to pop off the page a bit!  The stamp set and the framelits dies are sold singly, but also as a bundle for a 15% savings!

     The paper I used as a background is one of the sheets in the Color Me Autumn Designer Series Paper set.  I used Mossy Meadow Cardstock for the card base and the leaves cut with the Framelits set.  To stamp the pumpkins, I used Pumpkin Pie Classic Ink (of course!), with the facial expressions stamped in Mossy Meadow Classic Ink, all on Very Vanilla Cardstock.  I also used the Very Vanilla Cardstock as the layer for the inside of the card.  I adhered the letters, cut with the Little Letters Thinlits Dies using Mossy Meadow Cardstock, onto the inside of the card using Multipurpose Glue

     Hmmm, the "inside of the card" she says!  Here's what the card looks like when it's opened:


     The front of the card is cut so that there's only a 1-3/4" front piece. I got the idea for this layout from a video made by super Stampin' Up! demonstrator, Dawn Griffith. She made a card with flowers along the front strip, but I sure do like the pumpkins!  I am including a layout with measurements to show how I cut my card.  But before I do that, I'd like to point out that I stamped the back as well as the front of the pumpkins. 

     Stamping and cutting the front is pretty easy to see how to do.  But the back is a slightly different story, especially as the pumpkins aren't symmetrical.  Nonetheless, what I did was to stamp and die cut the pumpkins.  Then I stamped the same image on the back of the cut pieces.  Since they're not going to show much from the inside of the card, I wasn't too worried about how the bottom of the back would look.  So I worked to make sure that the tops of the pumpkins were as even as I could make them.  This is a lot easier than with rubber stamps because this stamp set is Photopolymer, so I could see right through the stamp to make sure it was even.  Finally, for each of the pumpkins, I used my Pumpkin Pie Stampin' Write Marker to color in areas where the stamped image didn't quite fit.

     This will be a nice card to send to someone special in advance of Halloween, and there's a nice space in which to write a personal note from me to her!

Here are the layouts, first the outside of the card:









Then the inside of the card:








And here is the information you might want for the products that I featured in this project:







Posted on : Oct 17 2014
Posted under Layout Sketch Provided, Sizzix, Stamping |

Taking a Break to Welcome Fall!

Aloha, all!

     Long before we realized that we might be affected by the lava from Kilauea Volcano, we had planned a trip to the U. S. Mainland.  We were going to be visiting lots of family and friends in several different locations around the country.  I'd decided that a nice hostess gift for those we visited would be a set of Fall Greeting Cards. 

     Even at that time, though, I was in a bit of a slump as we'd just gone through a hurricane that was quite an ordeal.  My creativity was nowhere to be found!  I searched my brain for ideas and – nothing!  So then I decided to search the internet (as good as a brain these days?).  What I found was a series of sketches on the Create With Connie and Mary blog that fit what I was going to try to do perfectly!  And then along came today's SUO Challenge to make a project with Fall colors.  Wow – things did come together nicely for this blog post!

Robins Craft Room Fall Card Number 4

     For the strips of paper across the bottom of the card, I used four different designs from the Color Me Autumn Designer Series Paper set from Stampin' Up!'s 2014 Holiday Catalog.  The "hello Fall" stamp is from the For All Things Stamp Set from the same catalog – even on the same page!

     All four of the leaves in the "bouquet" over on the right were made using both the Fall Fest Photopolymer Stamp Set and the Fun Fall Framelits Dies, which I purchased as a Bundle – and saved 15%!!!  I stamped the leaves using Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry and Old Olive Stampin' Up! Ink. I adhered them to the card front with Mini Glue Dots, then used the glue dots to affix a small bow made of Old Olive 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon.

     I matted the Very Vanilla Cardstock layer with a layer of Crushed Curry Cardstock and then adhered the whole thing to a Very Vanilla Card Base.  With all the work I'd planned to make seven sets of four different cards, I was quite happy to have the Very Vanilla Cut and Ready Card Bases to use so I didn't have to cut and score all those card bases!

    If you'd like to see all four of the cards that I made, including detailed cutting instructions, I'll be sharing all of that in my next newsletter.  I'm hoping that the lava flow will stay as slow as it has been for the past few days so I can take a break from packing and storing important papers and memorabilia and publish my newsletter in the next day or so.  To sign up for my newsletter – which is FREE, of course! – just complete the form in the upper left corner of this blog.

     Again, a big thanks to Connie Babbert and Mary Brown of the Create With Connie and Mary blog for the inspiration I needed to get some crafting done!


     Here are some products I used in making this card:



Posted on : Sep 22 2014
Posted under Challenges, Create with Connie and Mary, Sizzix, Stamping, SUO Challenges |

Gold Distracts Me. Well, lots of things do!

Aloha, all!

     Have I ever mentioned how easy it is for me to get distracted?  If you've ever read one of those stories that starts with, "I went into the kitchen to put a dish away, and then I saw a book that I'd left on the counter so I took it into the den to put away, but on the way I saw…."  That would be me!

     So yesterday as I was going through some of my favorite online forums to try to get some ideas about how to use colors and shapes simply, I came across a challenge, one part of which focused on a sketch.  I just LOVED that sketch.  So not only did I totally forget about simplicity, I even forgot the actual purpose of the original challenge.  I just kept getting more and more distracted by a bunch of new "stuff" that had arrived in my craft room via FedEx from Stampin' Up ! earlier in the week.  The good news is that I think I ended up with a really nice card AND I think I even found a challenge in the same online group for which I can use the card!


     I have to tell you that I did really well in following the sketch!  The group is a somewhat restricted group, so I'm not sure I can share the sketch with you.  But I can certainly share my card, and tell you a bit about how I got here.

     To begin the original challenge was to make a card that is monochromatic with the idea to begin with white (or vanilla) and progress into a light color and then a darker shade of the same basic color.  I began with Whisper White, a pink and a darker pink, using the Petite Flower Punch.  But I also wanted to use some Designer Series Paper as part of my background for the card.  I have a list of all the colors that are in our Designer Series Paper sets, in order by colors, so I went looking for the pink I'd chosen – Blushing Bride.  That color appears in two Designer Series Paper sets.  But before I slipped the list back into its spot on my desk, my eye happened to see just below it the color, Calypso Coral – and that this color was in the fun new Specialty Series Designer Series Paper, Gold Soiree.  Not only that, just below that on the list was Crisp Cantaloupe in the SAME Designer Series Paper Set.   Ooooh.  Suddenly these became my colors.  That was fine until I decided to make use of the scalloped designs on one of the sheet in the Designer Series Paper set as the bottom part of my card.  After that, the whole monochromatic part of the challenge fell apart.

     Of course, I didn't mind – I was having fun with all those colors in the paper!  I found Garden Green and Pistachio Pudding, and those went so well with the Coral and Cantaloupe flowers that I'd punched with the Petite Petals Punch that I had to use them in the design!  I die-cut the leaves using Pistachio Pudding Cardstock with the brand new Flower Frenzy Bigz Die.  For the background for the flowers and leaves, I cut a square of Garden Green Cardstock and then started playing around with a piece of a Gold Foil Sheet to make a mat for it.  What I finally did was cut the top and left side with the largest of the Squares Collection Framelits.  This one has a scalloped edge.  Then I set the piece of gold foil back in the scalloped square framelit to cut the bottom of the piece of foil to make something of a small square to mat the Garden Green square.

     I made a small greeting using some Whisper White Cardstock and a stamp from the And Many More Stamp Set using Calypso Coral Classic Ink.

     After I layered everything up – including the top of the base layer which is the other side of the scalloped print paper from the Gold Soiree set – I added a bow made up of three different pieces of twine – Crisp Cantaloupe and Pistachio Pudding Thick Baker's Twine, and Gold Baker's Twine.  Pretty bow, and I really like the way the gold accents the gold in the Foil Sheet and the Designer Series Paper.  For the finishing touches, I added Candy Dots to the center of the flowers – Whisper White, Garden Green, and Calypso Coral.

     With all that, I finally decided that this card meets another challenge by the same group to use Ribbons, Twine or Thread from the Stampin' Up! catalog.  Hooray for that! 

     I had so much fun getting distracted and working with some fun Stampin' Up! products at the same time!  But tomorrow I promise I'm going to get back to simplicity.  Gotta get that eBook done!




Posted on : Jul 10 2014
Posted under Challenges, Punches, Sizzix, Stamping |

A Little Bit of Reverse Masking!

Aloha, all!

     When I start out to design a card, I usually think in terms of the reason for the card (birthday, thank you, etc.) and the colors I want to use.  Then I go looking for stamp sets, Designer Series Papers and embellishments.  But I rarely start a card design process by thinking of a technique that I'd like to try.

     Today was different, and you might guess that the reason was that I had a challenge to use a particular technique:  Reverse Masking.  With straight masking, I take an image, stamp it, stamp and cut out a mask to put over it, and then stamp another image overlapping the first image.  The result is that the entire original image remains and it looks as though I stamped the second image underneath the first one.

     For reverse masking, I cut an opening in a piece of paper, put the whole piece of paper over a piece of cardstock and either sponge over the shape or even stamp over the shape.  When I remove the mask, only the shape of the opening that I cut is stamped onto the cardstock.  That's what I did with today's project.


     Except for this project I cut FOUR openings!  I had an idea in my head about what I wanted to do, and I wasn't sure how I was going to get all four of those images lined up.  Then I spied a small stack of scrap graph paper on my book shelf (unearthed during my massive craft room clean up last week!).  I cut the graph paper the size of a regular card front (4-1/4" h  x  5-1/2" w).  I cut directly on the graph lines, which were 1/4" apart.  Then I just used the graph lines as a ruler and cut four of the smallest shapes from the Floral Frames Framelits Set.

Masks     Here's a picture of the mask over today's card front before I removed it leaving just the four flowers that I'd sponged with Wisteria Wonder Classic Ink.  I'd already tried it out once on a piece of scrap paper, and I'm glad I did because my first effort made the flowers much too dark to be a background behind the sentiment stamp.

     For these little openings in the paper, I used Sponge Daubers and just tapped them lightly over the openings.  With a large opening, sponges also work well. When I use sponges, I like to swipe from the outside of the opening in.  By the time I'd done that with these little guys, I'd be bumping into the opposite edge of the opening.  That would not make for a neat image!

     The sentiment is one of the two stamps in the Million & One Stamp Set (not retiring – yay!).  To fill in the background a bit more I used one of the stamps from the Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Set (also not retiring, also yay!).  I used Elegant Eggplant ink for both these stamps and also restamped the sentiment stamp with VersaMark Ink and then embossed it with clear embossing powder to help it stand out on the card front.

     To complete the card, I trimmed 1/4" from each side of the stamped layer.  Then I cut a thin mat out of Elegant Eggplant Cardstock, a wider mat out of Wisteria Wonder Cardstock and then mounted the whole thing onto a Whisper White Cardstock card base.

     This card did seem to want some ribbon, but the only piece of Wisteria Wonder colored ribbon on I have on hand is the largish Wisteria Wonder Chevron Ribbon.  So rather than tie it, I just cut out a piece and adhered it to the card front using Multipurpose Glue. I cut the V-shape at the left end along the line of the chevron design woven into the ribbon.  That was a fun idea!  I finished off the design with one Rhinestone Jewel to make it sparkle!

     NOTHING in this project is going to be retiring at the end of this catalog.  You may have seen Sponge Daubers were on the retiring product list.  But Stampin' Up! has just changed vendors.  The old Sponge Daubers have sold out.  But the new ones will be available with the new Catalog on June 2nd!

Posted on : May 14 2014
Posted under Challenges, Sizzix, Stamping |

A Fond Farewell to a Favorite Bee!

Aloha, all!

     I have to tell you that bees and I in the wild together do not get along well at all.  I've heard it said that dogs know if you're afraid of them (I'm generally not).  But in my case, I could swear that every bee within a mile of me out in our garden senses the fear and heads straight toward it – and me!

     But in my Craft Room, I love bees of all sorts.  They're such cute critters when they don't have a stinger that can cause me pain!  I've especially enjoyed the bee in the retiring (and sold out!) stamp set, Backyard Basics. So I'm especially pleased that the current challenge at Stampin' Up! Only Challenges is, "Birds, Bees and Butterflies."  Of course i chose the bee – before I knew he was retiring/

     I much prefer demonstrating on my blog things that you can actually purchase through me from Stampin' Up!  But I made this card before I knew that it would sell out so quickly.  I should have figured this would happen as it is such a delightful set!


     I thought for this final outing for the stamp set on my blog, I'd pair these two little guys up with some other products that are retiring.  There are actually a few of them that are still available for purchase (see the list at the end of the blog post).  Oh, and the Backyard Basics Framelit Set that goes with this stamp set and that I used for the Bee and Flower is also retiring – but NOT sold out!

     Before I go over the products that I used in this card, I'd like to point out what I did to make the bees stand out a bit. Even thought I stamped the image onto Summer Starfruit Cardstock, I still colored in the body and the legs of the bee with a Summer Starfruit Stampin' Write Marker.  Then I outlined the image using the small end of a Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker.

     First I picked the colors.  I just love the color, Summer Starfruit, as a color for a bee.  Why not also make it the color of the beehive that I made as a background for this card with the Honeycomb Embossing Folder?  Another color that will be retiring this June is Primrose Petals.  I used a sheet of the Primrose Petals colored paper from the 2012-2014 In Color Designer Series Paper Stack  (retiring) to accent the cardstock.  I tore it at an angle before adhering it to the card front made up of the honeycomb.

     I used two other retiring colors to accent the flower, also from the Backyard Basics Stamp Set.  Besides the Primrose Petals color in the flower, I also added in some Raspberry Ripple and  Gumball Green.  There's even a hint of the Summer Starfruit again in the flower centers.

     For embellishments I used some of the Pearl Basic Jewels (not retiring!) and In Color Dahlias (retiring) using the Summer Starfruit as well as the two pink colors.  I tied the whole card front together with some Victoria Crochet Trim (retiring AND sold out!), and added a Very Vintage Designer Button, tied with a piece of Gold Baker's Twine

     The good news for those who like to buy things they see here is that the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set, from which the greeting comes, as well as the Modern Label Punch that I used to punch out the sentiment, will still be around in the next catalog.

     Here's a recap of the products I used for this project.  If the product is not in the recap, it's retired AND Sold Out!



Posted on : May 05 2014
Posted under Challenges, Punches, Sizzix, Stamping, SUO Challenges |

Fun With Thinlits!

Aloha, all!

     It's been a while since I've shared a card that I've made with one of the folded card Thinlits by Stampin' Up!  For today I pretty much didn't have a choice as it's time for Sketch Frenzy Friday, and this week's sketch looks just like one of those thinlits.  So off I went to dig them out of my stash!


     I decided to use the Label Card Thinlit for my project.  My decision was one of necessity rather than of choice as I'm in the middle of reorganizing my craft room to hold all the new products that Stampin' Up! will be adding to my collection come June 1st!  My retiring stamp sets are all off in a box somewhere and other products are piled up to the point that I really don't know where anything is.  By Monday I'll be in much better shape.  But there I was just yesterday trying to find stuff to use on today's cards!

     Once I came across the For the Birds Stamp Set, I knew right away that the little gal in the nest would fit perfectly in a small Labels Collection Framelit that would coordinate with the shape on the Label Card Thinlit.  From there it was picking paper and colors to match!

     I chose Gingham Garden Designer Series Paper for this card because I had this particular sheet left that looked like it would complement the little bird stamps as well as any paper would.  That made it easy to pick Melon Mambo, Island Indigo and Pear Pizzazz Classic Ink to color in the stamps that I'd stamped on Whisper White Cardstock.  For the card base and the mats for the two stamped images, I used Island Indigo Cardstock, and then added some Melon Mambo 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon to tie the project together!

     Oh, and this project has an inside as well as an outside!  That's what makes these card thinlits so much fun!


     The actual thinlit is smaller than this card – the third decorated panel is an extra that I added in.  I have instructions for doing this in my last post using these thinlits here.  There's a piece of plain white printer paper inside the card on which to write a note.

     If you went to look at a picture of the Label Card Thinlit, you would not have found the "xoxo" die – that one is in the Circle Card Thinlit.  Both of these Thinlit collections have dies that not only can be used with the other thinlit, but they can be used for lots of project.  Just look at the "hi" I used in the card featurig the Venetian Romance Designer Series Paper last week!  That is from the Label Card Thinlit!

     The only product in this card that will be retiring with the new Stampin' Up! catalog coming out in June is the Gingham Garden Designer Series Paper.  The stamp set, the ribbon and both Thinlits will be in the new catalog.  Hooray – love it!  xoxo!!  Here is a recap of the products that I've mentioned that are in this card:









Posted on : May 01 2014
Posted under Challenges, Sizzix, Sketch Frenzy Friday, Stamping |

Venetian Weaving?!

Aloha, all!

     Here I am continuing with cards made with Stampin' Up! Designer Series papers that will retire at the end of next month (or will no longer be available once they're all purchased).  I'm doing this to show you how some of the papers look as you're considering whether to stock up on them!  I'm also doing my best to try to use up as much of these gorgeous papers as possible so I'll have room to buy NEW papers come June! 


     I made this card using two prints from the Designer Series Paper set, Venetian Romance.  As with some of the other papers, I really haven't used this design enough!  I also wanted to show off more than one sheet with a bit of a different layout, so I chose to make a grid of squares, and an easy way to do this is to weave strips of papers and then cut the whole design down to size.  There are other ways to accomplish this (without just making a bunch of squares).  But weaving allows some leeway for having slightly different strip widths.  And I need that leeway because I'm just not that precise when it comes to the cutting part of my projects!

     I cut one color of paper 6" long and 1" wide and the other 5" long and 1" wide.  As I wove each row, I applied adhesive to keep the weaving strips in place.  Just lift up a top, loose, piece and apply a small bit of adhesive underneath and then lay it back down.  Once I had all the weaving done, I trimmed the pieces evenly so the whole woven layer was 5" x 3-3/4".  Then I matted it with a piece of coordinating cardstock (Island Indigo) and adhered this to the card base made of Tangerine Tango Cardstock.

     To decorate the front and provide a nice frame for the greeting, I used two sizes of the Deco Labels Framelits to cut Island Indigo Cardstock.  I used the same cardstock to cut the "hi" from one of the dies in the Label Card Thinlits Die set.  I applied both the frame and the greeting using Tombow Multipurpose Glue.  I especially like using it with the small thinlits dies because I can make a really thin line of glue that won't spread out after I lay it down on the surface to which I'm adhering it.

     To add a bit of an accent to the card, I used three small pearls form the Pearls Basic Jewels.  I thought about using the Large Pearls as they're retiring.  But they were just a bit too large for this project.

     Now that I look at this card, I'm wondering why I haven't used more of this paper – that stone design is just lovely.  You may be seeing more of it as I continue to clean out my stuff that's going away!

     Besides today, there's still one more day when Stampin' Up! is offering FREE SHIPPING!  Keep that in mind as you loo at the products below – showing off those that I featured in today's card – and consider buying them.  Now's the time!

     But whether you're buying now or just working with what you already have, I hope you're having fun with it!





Posted on : Apr 24 2014
Posted under Sizzix, Stamping |

A Favorite Technique – and a Tutorial!

Aloha, all!

     While I've been working on making some more Easter Cards, I was given a challenge to write a blog post that focused on a technique that I just could not live without.  You'll see some Easter cards with this technique in the next few days, but I also had a challenge to use the Peaceful Petals Stamp Set, so decided to move just a bit away from Easter for today.


     The technique that I'm demonstrating here is one of the very first stamping techniques I learned – masking.

     The basic idea of using a mask is to allow one image to appear on paper as if it has been stamped in front of another image.  To do this, first stamp the image you wish to appear in front of all other images.  Then stamp a duplicate of that image on paper with removable adhesive on it (such as sticky notes), cut it out, and place it on top of the main stamped image.  With the mask on the first image, stamp the second image.  Remove the sticky paper and it will look as if the first image is on top of the second, and none of the second image will appear stamped over the first.

     In today's card I have masked the images twice:  one stalk of leaves appears on top, the flower appears behind that stalk, and another stalk appears behind the flower and the first stalk. While I was making the stamped oval for this card, I took some photos so that I could illustrate the step-by-step process.   With photos in hand, a tutorial can't be far behind – and in fact it's "behind" this link

     Masks can be reused many times.  Usually after I’ve cut and used a mask, I store it in the box with the stamps (either wood mount or clear mount). 

     If, like me, you started using the masking technique decades ago, you can rest assured that the technique is the same today as it was then – but now we have sticky notes that can be used in many masking projects.  The tutorial covers that as well as another product that's good for this.

     I hope you enjoy the tutorial!  If you're using Stampin' Up! products to make your project, I'd be more than happy to put it on my blog if you'd like!  Just send it to me in an e-mail.  Have fun with it!

     Here are some of the Stampin' Up! products that I used in this project.  All you have to do to learn more about them – or purchase them from my Stampin' Up! store – is to click on a picture!





Posted on : Apr 12 2014
Posted under Challenges, Sizzix, Stamping |