Thinking of Friends

Aloha, all!

     My husband and I have moved long distances twice during the last 25 years. And each time that we've moved, we've left good friends behind. Some of them we were fortunate enough to have had the chance to visit when we were on our trip last month. But some were away when we visited, and others have themselves moved to different places. But as I thought of many of them when we were traveling, I thought it might be a nice idea to send them notes to let them know we were thinking about them. Today's project is the first of the cards that I made to send to a friend in Florida.

     And, yes, there are retiring Stampin' Up! products featured in this card! The most prominent of these is the delightfully lovely Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper. My original intention was to stamp images from the coordinating Fresh Fruit Stamp Set. But when I decided on the sheet with the peaches on it, I realized that I could do just as well (if not better) by die-cutting some of the fruit from the paper. Once I made that decision, it was just a quick step to pull out my Stitched Shapes Framelits and arrange them on a card front.

     Once I had the shapes on the card front, I needed a sentiment to fit in that little space down in the right front of the card. The sentiment I chose is from the retiring, Love and Affection Stamp Set. The final touch for this card was a little bow using the Peekaboo Peach 3/8" Ruched Ribbon. While Peekabook Peach is a color that will be around for at least another year, the whole set of Ruched Ribbons will be retiring at the end of this month. I'm almost out of the Peekabook Peach!

     Oh, and the color I chose to mat everything on this card was Pear Pizzazz Cadstock. That's not going anywhere, but it seemed to be the right color to use for this!

     Here are the products in this project that will be retiring this year:


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Posted on : May 05 2017
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Birthdays Don’t Take a Vacation!

Aloha, all!

     As soon as I got back from my travels, I had to get right into making birthday cards for friends and family members who had birthdays coming right up. Neither of the soonest birthday girls seemed willing to delay their birthdays until I could get a card made, so I definitely hustled. One may have made it a day or two late (takes longer for mail to get places from here in Hawaii!). Actually, it was this one, which I sent to my sister-in-law. Hopefully she'll have it by the time it shows up here!

     And, of course, since May is the month of retiring Stampin' Up! products, I used a whole bunch of them for this card.

     Both stamp sets that I used for this card are retiring, one of them from a few years back, and one from the most recent (and still current) Stampin' Up! 2017 Occasions Catalog. The Petite Petals Stamp Set has been around for a while, along with its coordinating  Petite Petals Punch. I didn't use the punch for this project, but I probably will in some other project this month, just to give it a proper, "Goodbye." The sentiment is from the Balloon Adventures Stamp Set, which I really liked, and which I hope to use for a few more birthday cards as the month progresses. So sorry it was only around for a few months!

     The Blooms and Bliss Designer Series Paper is one that you're going to see more of this week as I really, really like this paper and hope to use up most of my remaining stash before it retires. As of the time that I'm writing this post, there is still quite a bit of this paper left, so it's probably not too late to order some (the yellowish icon over to the right).

     Finally, I'm rapidly using up my one last spool of the Blushing Bride 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon. This is another product that's still available as I write this, but other colors in this kind of ribbon have already sold out, so this may not be far behind.

     Still in the upcoming 2017-2018 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog will be the Lots of Labels Framelits, which I used to cut the stamped sentiment layer as well as its mat, as well as the Subtles Enamel Dots (love the heart shapes in these sets!).

     Here are the products that I used in this project that will be retiring at the end of this month:


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Posted on : May 03 2017
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It’s Almost April!

Aloha, all!

     The theme for this week's Stampin' Up! Only Challenge is, "My Favorite April Theme." For me that's easy as I only ever think of April in terms of two ditties: "30 Days Hath September, April, June and November…." and "April Showers Bring May Flowers." The former of these two doesn't really add itself to being the theme of a greeting card. But the latter certainly does, especially when there are raindrops on Designer Series Paper and an Umbrella in a favorite Stamp Set!

     The Designer Series Paper used throughout this project is from the A Little Foxy Designer Series Paper Stack. And the lovely lady with the umbrella is from the Beautiful You Stamp Set from the Stampin' Up! 2017 Occasions Catalog. (By the way, this Stamp Set will NOT retire at the end of the Occasions Catalog's Sales Period. Yay!)  The sentiment on the card is made up of two of the many words in the Crazy About You Stamp Set.

     It's been quite a while since I've done some paper piecing with a stamp, but I just had to try it out with the image of the lady with the umbrella. To make this work the way I wanted it to, I stamped the image THREE times.

  • The first time I stamped it using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink onto the top layer of Designer Series Papers.
  • The second time I stamped it (same ink) onto Whisper White Cardstock, which I cut out by hand and adhered to the first stamped image. (I used a retired Blush Blossom Stampin' Write Marker to color her legs and upper back. There are ways to mix current Stampin' Up! colors to get a nice light flesh tone, too. But I prefer the Blush Blossom as long as I have it. If you'd rather have skin with a darker color, one that I've found that looks nice is Soft Suede applied with a Blender Pen.)
  • The final time, I stamped the image (same ink) onto a piece of Calypso Coral/Whisper White print from the A Little Foxy paper set. Then I cut out the dress and umbrella and adhered that to the Whisper White image.

     One of the idea cards in the Occasions Catalog gave me the idea for using the Delicate White Doily as an embellishment on the card. It gives the Calypso Coral Cardstock background a bit of texture. I thought the Pool Party 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon was also a nice way to separate the two sections of the card. Then the sentiment element brought the two sections back together nicely. I stamped the two words using Calypso Coral Classic Ink, and cut both the sentiment and the paper used to mat the sentiment using one of the dies from the Bunch of Banners Framelits Set.

     The final touch was a mat for the whole card cut from Basic Gray Cardstock. Smoky Slate is one of the colors in the Paper set, but I wanted a darker edge for the card, so went with the Basic Gray.

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     And now a bit more about April. I am going to be away from home and my craft room for most of the month of April. I've found that, when I'm gone for such a long time, I haven't been really successful in trying to keep my blog going for the whole period. In fact, this time, in getting ready for our trip, I've been a bit on the sporadic side in terms of posting. So I've decided to give my blog a bit of a vacation while I'm gone, and start it back up when I get back. I'll post when I leave, but I thought I'd give those of you who have read this far a heads up!

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     Here are the products I used in today's project. As always, just click on any of the photos to go to my very own Stampin' Up! store to ready more about the product and even buy it for yourself! Even when I'm gone, my store is always open – 24/7/365!

 


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Posted on : Mar 27 2017
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Up In The Sky – Things That Fly!

Aloha, all!

     It's time for the new challenge over at the Stampin' Up! Only Challenge blog! This time we changed it up a bit and just picked a theme out of the air. Or, in the air, actually. It's "Things That Fly" this time around, and flying was immediately on my mind when I had the time set aside to make my card for this week's challenge.

     For me, it was flying as in all the airline reservations I've had to make for another of our marathon trips to the United States Mainland next month. There are 8 airplanes on this card, and you'd think that would be enough. But, no. We have to take 12 planes to get to all the places on our itinerary this time around. I was going to try to get all 12 on a card, but I couldn't figure out the design. I had a circle in my head – because we're starting and returning to the same place – home! And this card is large enough (5" x 7") that I didn't want to go large enough for those 12 planes.

     First about the card. Graduation time is coming up, and I'm sure to need a graduation card this year. What a great sentiment to someone who's starting a new part of his or her life – "The Sky's the Limit"! And, of course, the finishing touch with the "Huge Congrats" stamp. All three of these stamps come from different Stampin' Up! Stamp set, all of which are currently available on the Stampin' Up! website.

  •      The plane stamp is in a set that is on the Clearance Rack at Stampin' Up! for a lot less than the $13.95 I paid for it a couple of years ago. The stamp set is called, "Greetings From," and is not only a great set for scrapbooking, but it has wonderful little elements that are great on cards – such as this cute little plane. Get it while it lasts!
  •      The "Sky's the Limit" stamp is from the "Over the Rainbow" stamp set, which is in Stampin' Up!'s annual catalog, and is still very much available.
  •      The "Huge CONGRATS" stamp is from a set called, "Watercolor Wishes," and that's only available as part of an all-inclusive kit called (amazingly) Watercolor Wishes.

     I chose the colors for the planes before I went about figuring out what I was going to use as cardstock and Designer Series Papers. That's why the Daffodil Delight planes look a bit different. I originally made those planes another color. But then, when I went to find paper, I fell in love with the idea of the striped sheet from the Party Animal Designer Series Paper from the Stampin' Up! 2017 Occasions Catalog. The quickest way for me to "fix" my project was just to stamp the plane outlines on Daffodil Delight, cut them out, and glue them over the color that was on there. And, yes, I considered doing that for all the planes; but, no, I didn't want to spend any more time fussy cutting.

     As for my travel next month, all of our plane reservations are made. And so far, 4 of the flight time departures and/or arrivals have changed. One of them involves a change with gives us less than an hour between flights in Atlanta, and one for a similarly short time in Minneapolis. Yikes, those are big airports!!! I guess I should wear good walking (running?) shoes!

     More about my travels later on this month. For now, here are the stamp sets, paper and tools I used for this card. Just click on any of the photos to go directly to my Stampin' Up! store to find out more about them – and even to order them, which would be a really good thing, especially for that stamp set on the clearance rack!

 


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Posted on : Mar 13 2017
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Fun Colors with Make a Medallion Stamp Set – #4

Aloha, all!

     This is the last of the four identical-except-for-colors Birthday Cards I made last week with the Make a Medallion Stamp Set from this year's Stampin' Up! Sale-a-bration Catalog. And you know by now, if it's in the Sale-a-bration Catalog, you can get it FOR FREE with any $50 Stampin' Up! Purchase.

     You have to admit, this color combination really is a lot different from the rest of the cards (which are all pretty much different from each other, too!). The color that's a rarely-used color for this card is Tempting Turquoise. When have you last seen me use this color??? Not in a very long time. It's so long since I've used it that I still have the old style Stampin' Up! Stamp Pad and Reinker for this color. It's not the only one, but it's definitely a rarity! The other two colors that I used for this card are Peekaboo Peach (which you see a lot in my posts these days), and Night of Navy, which I had out for one of the other cards in this series.

Here are the products I used for this, the fourth in this series. There are still a few more weeks for Sale-a-bration, but I think it's always good not to put off earning Sale-a-bration products until late in the Catalog period (which ends March 31st). You should note that, if you buy the Layering Circle Framelits and the BIG Designer Series Paper Stack, you'll have spent quite enough to get this stamp set FOR FREE! You can click on any of the pictures below and get right to my Stampin' Up! store, where you can order everything 24/7/365!


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Posted on : Mar 13 2017
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Fun Colors with Make a Medallion Stamp Set – #3

Aloha, all!

     Here I am again with yet another card made just like the last two I've posted – with the Make a Medallion Stamp Set and Designer Series Paper Stacks. But the colors are definitely new!

     There's lots of green here, but NO Mint Macaron. While I love it, it needed a rest for a bit. The background color here is Pear Pizzazz which hasn't seen the light of day in my Craft Room in forever! I decided to pair it up with Garden Green, which you've not seen too often of late. I thought that Calypso Coral would go nicely with this combo, but instead I switched to Watermelon Wonder. That made this another fun combination!

     The Designer Series Paper layer is Pear Pizzazz from the Subtles Designer Series Paper Stack. I cut the circles for both the Medallion and its mat using the Layering Circles Framelits set. For the small banner behind the circle layers, I cut a piece of Watermelon Wonder Cardstock using a framelit from the Project Life Cards and Labels Framelits set. Now I know that the banner may look like Calypso Coral. But is my camera is so tired of seeing that color that it will just not recognize the Watermelon Wonder Cardstock? Hmmpf! Anyway, I adhered the banner using SNAIL Adhesive and the circle layers using Stampin' Dimensionals. The sentiment is from the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set. There are several sentiments in that set that will fit nicely into the center of the medallion – I just happen to have a slew of birthday cards I have to send out in the next month. And now I have them!

     Here are the products I used for today's Make a Medallion Card. Remember that this stamp set is FREE if you purchase $50 of any Stampin' Up! products. If you buy that Layering Circles Framelits set and the BIG Designer Series Paper Stack, that will be enough to get that stamp set FOR FREE!

 


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Posted on : Mar 12 2017
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Fun Colors with Make a Medallion Stamp Set – #2

Aloha, all!

     Here I am again with another fun set of colors that I used to make a card identical to the card I shared with you this past Wednesday.

     Believe it or not, two of the colors are the same as in Wednesday's card. Yup, I used Calypso Coral and Mint Macaron once again! But this time I'm featuring another color I've not been using a lot, Night of Navy. If you look at all the cards that I've made with the Make a Medallion stamp set from Stampin' Up!, you'll notice that the stamp that has the points on the permimeter of the medallion circle stands out more than the other two stamps that are used for my design. When I made the Emerald Envy card last Sunday, I thought I'd just stamped that image a bit too hard. But now I can see that it's the way the stamp is designed. So, in the case of this card, even thought the Night of Navy is a darker color, the Calypso Coral stamp stands out more.

     This is the basic repeating paragraph. The Designer Series Paper layer is Night of Navy from the Regals Designer Series Paper Stack. I cut the circles for both the Medallion and its mat using the Layering Circles Framelits set. For the small banner behind the circle layers, I cut a piece of Mint Macaron Cardstock using a framelit from the Project Life Cards and Labels Framelits set. I adhered the banner using SNAIL Adhesive and the circle layers using Stampin' Dimensionals. The sentiment is from the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set. There are several sentiments in that set that will fit nicely into the center of the medallion – I just happen to have a slew of birthday cards I have to send out in the next month. And now I have them!  

     There are other stamps in this set that I haven't yet used, one of which is a fun stamp to add to the points in the pointed layer. Looks like a lot of work, though. Right now I'm into getting things done fast, so maybe I'll wait until life gets a bit less hectic!

     Here are the products that I used in today's project. As in the last project, if you buy that Layering Circles Framelits set and the BIG Designer Series Paper Stack, you can choose to get the Make a Medallion set FOR FREE! Just go to my Stampin' Up! store – any time 24/7/365 – to learn more about these products and buy them right on the spot!

 


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Posted on : Mar 10 2017
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Fun Colors with Make a Medallion Stamp Set – #1

Aloha, all!

     For the next week, I'm going to post some quick projects I made with the Make a Medallion Stamp Set that you can get FOR FREE during Stampin' Up!'s annual Sale-a-bration campaign. You may remember that I mentioned last Saturday that I wanted to try 3-color combinations with the Medallion stamps. Well, I got carried away. I ended up with four different cards – same design but different colors. I really was going to post them all in one blog post. But just looking at them all together on my work table, I just could not focus on the colors in any one card because there was just too much lying there in the way of color!

     One of my goals in making these cards was to use colors I haven't used much in a while. For today's card, that color was Rich Razzleberry. For the other two colors to go with the Razzleberry, I chose Calypso Coral and Mint Macaron. Both of those colors are standards in my Craft Room, especially Mint Macaron which I've been using a lot lately as it will be retired as a Stampin' Up! In Color as of June. Now, that's not been announced by Stampin' Up!, and there have been many cases of In Colors becoming a part of the 40 basic Stampin' Up! colors. Crossing my fingers for this one!

     I'll basically repeat this paragraph for each of the next three projects, just with different colors. Yes, they're that much alike! The Designer Series Paper layer is Calypso Coral from the Subtles Designer Series Paper Stack. I cut the circles for both the Medallion and its mat using the Layering Circles Framelits set. For the small banner behind the circle layers, I cut a piece of Mint Macaron Cardstock using a framelit from the Project Life Cards and Labels Framelits set. I adhered the banner using SNAIL Adhesive and the circle layers using Stampin' Dimensionals. The sentiment is from the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set. There are several sentiments in that set that will fit nicely into the center of the medallion – I just happen to have a slew of birthday cards I have to send out in the next month. And now I have them!

     Here are the products I featured in today's post (not including ink and cardstock). You might notice that, if you buy that Layering Circles Framelits set and the BIG Designer Series Paper Stack, you can choose to get the Make a Medallion set FOR FREE! Just go to my Stampin' Up! store to find out more about any of these products, and even buy them right then and there!

    


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Posted on : Mar 08 2017
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Color Fusers Blog Hop – March 2017!

Aloha, all!

     I'm so excited to once again be a part of the Color Fusers monthly Blog Hop! This month we were given four Stampin' Up! colors from which to choose at least three to make our project for the hop. A big, "Yay!" for me as I not only used all four of the colors, but I also made TWO PROJECTS for the hop.

     For the last week or so, I have had my eye on the Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper set. So my first stop when I saw these colors was that paper to see if it featured any kind of combination of these colors. Rats. While two of the colors (Peekaboo Peach and Watermelon Wonder) were in there, the greens were definitely not either of the greens in our color challenge. While I was pouting about this and trying to figure out how to use the single-color papers as a basis for my project, it suddenly occurred to me that I had bought the Fresh Fruit Stamp Set. I could make my OWN designer paper by stamping those fun fruit images using the challenge colors!

     And there they are in the background "designer paper" that I stamped for this project: Watermelon Wonder Strawberries; Peekaboo Peaches; and Mint Macaron Pears highlighted with Wild Wasabi outlines. As I studied the sentiments in the Fresh Fruit Stamp Set, I found the sentiment which was perfect to make a card for a dear friend who is going through a tough time. Once I chose that sentiment, the rest of the card just made itself. I love that I had that beautiful Peekaboo Peach 3/8" Ruched Ribbon and the 2016-2018 In Color Enamel Shapes hearts to add some fun accents to the card to make it as upbeat as I wanted.

     When I decided to stamp my own background paper, I actually stamped two sheets of Whisper White Cardstock. I wasn't sure how I wanted to feature the colors and shapes, so both sheets were different. Once I ended up choosing this background for my card, I still had a lovely sheet that might not get used. Then I remembered a project that had been submitted to my SUO Challenges last time, and went looking for it. It was made by Mary Alice Bellis, a fellow Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, and involved making triangles using the Stitched Shapes Framelits.

     To make this card, I used Mary Alice's basic instructions, but it still wound up being a trial-and-error effort (i.e., glue stuff on and pull it back off – a lot!) for me as it was for her. Now that I've got it figured out, I may try writing a tutorial. Not for this month's newsletter, though! I may wait for some new Designer Series Papers from the next Stampin' Up! catalog.

     Basically what I did was to cut four squares out of the piece of stamped cardstock. Then I cut each square on the diagonal using a larger square framelit. As I said, trial and error, so there are some pieces in there that aren't exactly what I had planned. Nonetheless, I think that the card turned out all right – I even used the "Happy Birthday" sentiment for it as I have a birthday card to send out this week.

     I hope you enjoyed seeing how I used stamps and my own selection of colors to make my own designer paper. I really should do that more often! Now onto the list of other stampers in this Blog Hop! I won't be hopping with the group for the next few months as I'll be traveling and working on some fiscal year-end projects for a non-profit for which I volunteer. But I'll be back hopping in the summer!

 


Posted on : Mar 06 2017
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A New Sale-a-Bration Stamp Set!

Aloha, all!

     Have you had a chance to look at the newest Sale-a-bration offers from Stampin' Up!? I know I've shown off the fun new Glimmer Paper. But today I want to share one of the new Stamp Sets being offered FOR FREE with a $50 Stampin' Up! Order – Make a Medallion.

     Everything stamped in the middle, Whisper White, circle (not the Happy Birthday banner) is stamped with the Make a Medallion set. What you see there in that circle are three separate stamps. For this card, I chose to stamp both large circles using Emerald Envy Ink, and the smaller half circle (stamped twice) using Peekaboo Peach Ink. I am definitely going to try THREE different colors before too long. For now, this is one of the projects that I'll be sharing with my downline group for our Monday get together this coming week.

     To make the entire project, I used a piece of paper from the Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper set as the background design. I used Stampin' Dimensionals to adhere the layers of circles I die-cut using the Layering Circles Framelits. After I adhered all of this to a layer of Emerald Envy Cardstock, I tied on some ribbon and a bow using the Emerald Envy 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon. Then I adhered everything onto a card base made of Peekaboo Peach Cardstock. Finally, I added a banner out of Whisper White Cardstock, stamped with a greeting using the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set, using Emerald Envy Ink, and punched using the Classic Label Punch. The final touch was to add some 2016-2018 Enamel Shapes – Peekaboo Peach – to the banner.

     What fun I've already had with this FREE STAMP SET!. I have another project for tomorrow's blog post. But I think I'll try some other colors before the week gets too old and show them off, too! Remember, all you have to do is to order $50 worth of Stampin' Up! products (and, yes, you can order from the clearance rack OR add to your Paper Pumpkin Subscription!). If you just ordereed the Designer Series Paper, the Layering Circles Framelits and the Emerald Envy Ribbon, you'd have enough to get the stamp set FOR FREE! It has several sentiments in it, and you'd not have to buy anything else for a great card!

     Here are the products I featured in today's project. Just click on any of the pictures to go to my Stampin' Up! store to find out more about any of them – and to order them all!

 


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Posted on : Mar 04 2017
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