Weddings Are Happening!

Aloha, all!

     It's hard to believe that many of my friends have GRANDCHILDREN who are planning weddings this summer! I had no idea that I would have a real-life reason to make a wedding card this year, but I do! The good news is that it's also time for a wedding-themed challenge at Stampin' Up! Only Challenges, so today's project is a two-fer!


     This card not only is a wedding card, but it's also a "Something Old, Something New" card when it comes to Stampin' Up! products. The old and soon-to-be-retired is that lovely Whisper White Stitched Satin Ribbon. So sorry to see it go! But it's got some replacement cousins coming to the new catalog, so I won't be too sad. Also old and retiring is the Petite Pairs Stamp Set from which I took the sentiment in the middle of the wreath.

     The new is one of the brand new Stampin' Up! 2016-2018 In Colors, Sweet Sugarplum. I love all the new In Colors, but this is my current favorite. Also new are the wonderful scalloped squares that are part of a new Framelit set. There are 19 dies in this new set and they all go fabulously together!

     I also used Sweet Sugarplum to color in many of the flowers in the wreath from the Circle of Spring Stamp Set. This is a set that's in the current Stampin' Up! Catalog, but will also be in the upcoming catalog. For the other colors in the wreath, I used Blushing Bride, Daffodil Delight, and then a mix of Pear PIzzazz and Old Olive for the leaves.

     The background is textured with the Elegant Dots Textured Impression Embossing Folder, which also continues on into the new Stampin' Up! catalog.

     If there's anything in this project that you'd like to buy from Stampin' Up!, you can click here to go directly to my Stampin' Up! online store. And be sure to visit the SUO Challenges blog and enter our challenge!

     Oh, and if you'd like a full tutorial on how to make this project, I've included one in my latest newsletter. If you're not on my mailing list, be sure to sign up (the form's up to the left) before Friday, May 27th, when I'll send out a second copy!


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Posted on : May 23 2016
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Soon Retiring: Chalk Lines!

Aloha, all!

     I'm beginning to figure out which Stampin' Up! products in my Craft Room are going to be retiring. Alas, there are many favorites that are going to have to find a new home come June 1st. One of them is the Chalk Lines Stamp Set. Two features of this stamp set make it a favorite: One, the stamps are Photopolymer, which has become my favorite kind of stamps (lots of reasons). Two, it's such a versatile set that can be used in so many different ways.

     Today's project shows off both features that I love about this set.


     This project is NOT a card – it's an Envelope! I was inspired to make it as a project for a small swap sponsored by one of the online stamping groups that I recently joined. What made Chalk Lines perfect for this project is that I could easily use my MISTI tool (not a Stampin' Up! product) to get all those stamped images almost perfectly aligned. Yes, I can use clear mount rubber stamps in the MISTI. But I really like seeing through the stamps while I'm working.

     For this project, I needed to make sure that there was a place in the center of the card, towards the bottom, that was unstamped so that an address could be written in. (Someone who has a larger handwriting style may need a larger space.) To make the space, I first cut a piece out of a sticky note using one of the framelits in the Tags and Labels Framelits. I found after testing this design that it was best placed so that it was centered between the left and right edges to keep the stamped design somewhat symmetrical. To do this, I placed a piece of grid paper in the MISTI, found the correct place for the left edge of the sticky note, made a mark on the grid paper, and finally used a ruler to place the sticky strip vertically.

     Once all the Chalk Line images were in place, I colored in the closed images using Pear Pizzazz and Pink Pirouette Stampin' Write Markers. Finally, I traced around the Sticky Strip with the small end of the Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Write Marker to define the address space.

     A fun project! Now to put this stamp set as the first in the stack of Stampin' Up! products that I'll be selling later in the year. Sniff.


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Posted on : Apr 21 2016
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April Showers Bring Rainbows!

Aloha, all!

     It's time for another challenge at the Stampin' Up! Only Challenge Blog, and this time the challenge could be taken in several ways. The challenge is to make a project with the theme, "Showers of all kinds." My original thoughts about this was that I would make a card to celebrate a baby or a wedding shower. But then we started a discussion about the "real" kind of shower – the kind that comes our of the sky as a light rain, as in "April Showers bring May Flowers." Hmmm.

     I thought it would be a good thing if at least one or two members of the Design Team could show off a project that included the rainy kind of shower. But I looked around my craft room and found absolutely nothing that would fit the bill for the latter kind of shower. I didn't buy much from this year's Stampin' Up! 2015-2016 Catalog, challenging myself to use what I had in my stash. Yes, I did buy some sets from the annual catalog as well as some from the 2015 Holiday and current 2016 Occasions catalogs. But nothing included rain. So here I was left with making a baby/wedding shower card.

     Then during the last week, I was searching through my Designer Series Papers to make my Triangles card when I came across the sheet from the Shine On Specialty Designer Series Paper set that had (gasp!) rain drops on it! There was my shower!!! But what was I going to do with it. Well, here in Hawaii, when there are showers, rainbows are not far behind.


     Out came a set I'd never used (it arrived in my craft room courtesy of a Stampin' Rewards benefit back in December) – Over the Rainbow. I saw that big "Rainbow" stamp and knew right away that I wanted to cut a curve at the top or bottom of the Shower Paper that would wrap around the curve of the stamp. As you can see, I chose to cut the paper at the bottom as I was better able to work with the group of 3 stamps from the set that way. I cut the curve at the bottom of the paper using the scalloped Oval from the Ovals Collection Framelit dies.

     Several stamps in the stamp are of the watercolor-wash variety. You can stamp them and place them by themselves or over/under other stamps to look like you've used a brush to create a watercolor wash. I used one of the small stamps for this, stamping each color off onto scrap paper once after I inked it up so that the final product looked softer than if I'd used a fully-inked stamp. The colors that I used, from left to right are: Watermelon Wonder, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzazz, Bermuda Bay, Soft Sky, and Perfect Plum.

     For the card's accents, I chose to use Bermuda Bay Ink, Thick Baker's Twine, and Cardstock.

     I keep leaving my Bermuda Bay stuff out on my work table, and I think I'll just have to put it away for a bit and focus on another color for a while. We're getting close to the end of the annual catalog period and the end of the 2014-2016 In Color Collection. So maybe it's time to focus on those colors. On the other hand, they have not been among my favorite collection of Stampin' Up! colors. I'll miss Mossy Meadow most of all – so maybe I'll get some of that out.

     Check back later in the week so see what I've managed to accomplish!

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Posted on : Apr 10 2016
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Spring With a Cherry on Top!

Aloha, all!

     It's once again time for a Stampin' Up! Only Challenge, and this time the theme is to "Welcome Spring." Spring will be here (for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere) next Sunday, just in time for Easter. I love the Stampin' Up! Sale-a-bration Stamp Set, Honeycomb Happiness, and that cute little chick has just the right attitude to welcome spring!

Hello Spring

     The original design for this card was one I made for a class I'm teaching this week. The class is comprised of a variety of Easter Cards, and I'd already used lots of Subtles papers and colors in the other projects. So I wanted a deifferent set of colors. Also, in looking at projects on the internet using the chick, the only coloring that looked good to me was either watercoloring or coloring with Copic Markers. Both of those were out of the question as the ladies coming to my class are more in the beginning stage of coloring large areas, and, as the project had to be Stampin' Up! only, Copic Markers were out of the question for this particular project.

     That left me with the idea to stamp the image on some yellow Designer Series Paper (DSP). And that took me to one of my favorite paper sets in this year's Stampin' Up! catalog, the Cherry on Top DSP Stack. The yellow in this set is Crushed Curry, and then there were all those other papers that I could use to provide accent colors. I originally put a White Doily in where the flower is. But it just seemed a bit too delicate to go with those bright colors. So I went to my stash of Framelits and Thinlits, and the large flower from the Flower Fair Framelits looked like it would be perfect – and I think it is!

     The sentiment is from the Circle of Spring stamp set. I had that set out on my work table as we're using the wreath and Happy Easter stamp from that set for another class project. Oh, and the Washi Tape and the Ribbon – the Washi Tape is the Cherry on Top Designer Washi Tape, that goes oh so well with the Cherry on Top DSP. The ribbon is the Bermuda Bay 1/8" Stitched Ribbon from the Stampin' Up! 2016 Occasions Catalog. Wow, I've got all three of Stampin' Up!'s current catalogs covered in this project!

     I hope you'll take the opportunity over the next week or so to make your own card about Spring and enter it in the SUO Challenge. Just click on this link, and you'll be whisked over to the blog to check it out!

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Posted on : Mar 14 2016
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Creating with Handmade Papers!

Aloha, all!

     I love handmade papers! The very first time I ever used any was with my wedding invitations, 10 years ago next month. We planned a North Carolina beach wedding, and I so wanted some beach themed handmade papers to accent my invitations (which, of course, I planned to make myself). It was my good fortune to have a top-notch paper shop where I lived, and I found just the perfect papers. Since then, though, I've not had much chance to work with handmade papers.

     Then, for my birthday last month, my sister-in-law sent me a bag of samples of handmade papers which I could hardly wait to use. After a week's vacation, then another week or so off for yet another illness (I'm good now!) I finally today had the opportunity to spend time using them – first of all to make a Thank You note for Mary!


     The bag of papers was full of different colors, textures, sizes and shapes. So it took a bit for me to look at papers and mentally consider what I had that would complement the papers in my hands and vice versa. I decided on these two papers, turned around, and there was the Number of Years Stamp Set sitting on my work table. It wasn't the numbers that caught my eye; it was the lovely floral element in that set. So off I went to arrange papers and figure out what to do.

     With handmade papers, I really like to keep some torn edges showing to emphasize the naturalness of the paper. But I also don't shy away from cutting if if I need to. In any case, I certainly don't waste any! That little piece of the rust-colored paper is just slightly larger than what you see. None of it is wasted hiding behind the blue paper on the bottom. That also gave me a large piece to cut out the butterfly from the Bold Butterfly Framelits set. The blue paper was about the same width as the card front (5-1/2"), but a bit taller than I put on the card. With the scrap from this paper, I punched the small butterfly. All other scraps are back in the paper bag. They'll definitely be used!

     I found the "Thank You" stamps in another stamp set I pulled out to see if it went with this card (flowers didn't, Thank You did). That set, Helping Me Grow, is in the Stampin' Up! 2016 Occasions Catalog, as is the Number of Years Stamp Set. The flowers in that set will have to wait for another card.

     I'm so glad that the camera picked up some of the sparkle in these papers! They really are multi-dimensional, and a joy to work with.

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Posted on : Mar 08 2016
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Fun with Valentine Cards – Card #4

Aloha, all!

     Once more, I have a card with a grid pattern, though today's card is quite a bit simpler to make than yesterdays.


     While yesterday's card was made with new and almost-new Stampin' Up! products, today's card is made with almost-new, a bit on the old side, and even (gasp!) three retired Stampin' Up! products. But I think it looks just as fresh as yesterdays!

     The background layer, cut 3-7/8" x 5-1/8", is embossed with the Happy Heart Embossing Folder, which has been around since last year's Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog. The Real Red Cardstock, used for the larger of the four squares (1-3/8" squares) and the mat for the sentiment, has been around forever, even longer than the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set and the Word WIndow Punch. Finally in the "a bit on the old side" category is the 1/4" Real Red Cotton Ribbon, which was introduced in the 2014-2015 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog.

     Now for the retired products. I ignored one of them in a post last week because I didn't get into too much detail. That is the Modern Label Punch, which was retired last year. One of my favorite punch-layering techniques for years has been layering the Modern Label Punch behind the Word Window Punch. So, since I have lots of extra space in my Stamp-n-Storage punch storage boxes, I've kept this punch around. I've also kept the great Postage Stamp Punch, which is the Whisper White layer behind the hearts. Oh, and then there are the hearts. I wanted something larger than the small heart in the Itty Bitty Punch Pack and the larger Sweetheart Punch. So out came the retired Sizzix Heart Collection Framelits. I was thinking last year that I really would want to use that set come Valentine's Day 2016, and durned if I wasn't right!

     I hope you enjoy this card! I know several of my customers have purchased the retired products that I used in this card, and I can't imagine why you wouldn't still have them – and be using them this Valentine's Day season!

Posted on : Feb 09 2016
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Happy Birthday to a New Teenager!

Aloha, all!

     Last week, our second oldest grandchild became a teenager. Oh, my, I cannot believe she's that old! I don't think I've actually put her age on a birthday card since she was 2 or 3. But 13 cries out for the number to be announced!


     I just love the new Number of Years Stamp Set and the coordinating Large Numbers Framelits Dies. Both of these will probably be among the sets that I keep in my craft closet even after they've retired. I may not use them often. But when I want them, they'll be there!

     The Designer Series Paper set that I used for this card is also current, but it's in the Stampin' Up! 2015-2016 Annual Catalog. The set is a 6" x 6" paper stack called, Cherry on Top. Love the colors, three of which I picked up in the card: Watermelon Wonder (I used the last of my Watermelon Wonder Ribbon for this card), Cucumber Crisp, and Pool Party. And aren't the balloons in this pattern perfect for a birthday card?

     In their last few catalogs, Stampin' Up! has been bundling products together and offering the bundle at a 15% discount. That's the case with this Stamp Set and Framelits Dies – the bundle is $49.25 which is really a good deal for something that's going to be so useful for such a long time!

     You'll be seeing this set here on my blog at least one more time in the next couple of months as we get ready to celebrate a 50th Wedding Anniversary in the Spring! Another great use for this set!

     Oh, and there's a reason that I saved this card for today instead of posting it last week on Morgan's actual birthday. It's time for the biweekly SUO Challenge and, wouldn't you know it, the theme this time is Birthdays! I hope you'll visit the blog and check out all the other birthday cards – and even enter one of yours in the challenge!


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Posted on : Feb 01 2016
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An All Occasion Day!

Aloha, all!

     Just as I was about to spend a crafting day designing and crafting Thanksgiving cards, several events occurred that meant that I needed some quick all occasion cards. The "quick" was because I don't have that much time left to be making Thanksgiving cards, so I need to get to it!

     The perfect place to go for quick all occasion cards is a Stampin' Up! kit. In this case, I grabbed the fabulous all-inclusive kit, Watercolor Wishes. The reason this is all inclusive is that it not only has the cards, envelopes, and embellishments – it also contains stamps and inks!  Yup, two little ink spots in Night of Navy and Watermelon Wonder, and the Watercolor Wishes Stamp Set.

     In no time at all I had the three cards I needed, and they're about to go into the mail today!


     None of these cards is exactly as the kit instructions calls for them to be made. A couple of my customers and I opened the kit a couple of months ago when I first got it, and that was the start of using the kit's contents just the way we wanted them to be. Actually, today I would have been happy to make the cards just as they were designed so I didn't have to do too much thinking. But there I was making do with what I had. For this first card, I wanted to use the Watermelon Wonder ink for the sentiment, but there were no background layers available that were a good accent for it. So I cut my own layer of Watermelon Wonder Cardstock and then stamped away on one of the smaller layers from the kit. The flower and leaf looked like they were made for this card, so on they went!


     It turned out that I did have all the pieces to make this card as in the booklet that comes with the kit. But I needed a Thank You Card, so out came the Thanks sentiment again, but this time stamped using Night of Navy Classic Ink.


     Finally I made a card without the Thanks sentiment. This time I definitely did not have the pieces for this card, and nothing in the kit that's left seemed to go well with the blue and taupe color scheme on this card base. So again I pulled out my own papers, die-cutting a piece of Tip Top Taupe Cardstock for the background of the stamped element and Whisper White Cardstock to die-cut the sentiment. The die set I used was one that's become a favorite in my craft room, the Tags and Labels Framelits. I needed to add something to this card to make it look a bit more feminine that it looked at the start, so I added a bow made with Night of Navy Seam Binding Ribbon.

     The two Thank You cards are for a couple of customers who just placed orders for Stampin' Up! products in my online store. Oh, I could just send an e-mail. But, hey! This is Stampin' Up! we're talking about, and if I can't send a hand made Thank You card what am I in this business for?!  I sure would like to be sending a card out to any of you who are reading this blog post and and would like to order some of the supplies I've featured here or in any other post. Just click here to get right to my Stampin' Up! store. Just for giggles, I made that link to the Watercolor Wishes Kit – that's all you need for lots of cards, even if they're not identical to those I've shown you today!

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Posted on : Nov 15 2015
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Fall Fun!

Aloha, all!

     Here I am once again with a project for the Stampin' Up! Only Challenge, a biweekly challenge which usually is to feature a theme in a greeting card or other project. This time, as November begins, our challenge is "Fall Fun." And fall is certainly fun wherever you are!


     As you might be able to tell, I had to make this card quickly! I don't even want to go into what I've been doing over the last week – all fun, but all crazy busy! So here I was as the challenge was about to go live wondering what I was going to do for this challenge. But with the fabulous Stampin' Up! papers and coordinating stamps and ribbons and cardstock available to me, it was such fun making this quick card!

     The printed paper on the card front is one of the sheets from the fall Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper set, Into the Woods. Look at all those great colors which just shout "Fall" with all the leaves tumbling down off the trees (and a few acorns from the oaks, of course). I decided to pick out the Tangelo Twist and Rich Razzleberry colors for accents. The ribbon – also called "Into the Woods" – in Rich Razzleberry was easy. The Tangelo Twist designer series paper was less easy, but then came quickly to the forefront as I started "leafing" through my Holiday Catalog papers. There was the Halloween themed paper set, Happy Haunting, and there was a great Tangelo Twist design that didn't exactly scream "Halloween." So why not use it?

     After I layered these two papers onto some Rich Razzleberry Cardstock, it was a quick and easy embellishments to tie a piece of the Into the Woods 3/8" Cotton Ribbon around the layers and tie a pretty bow. When I went looking for a greeting or sentiment to put on the front, I found the perfect saying in the Lighthearted Leaves Stamp Set. If all those leaves on this paper aren't "fluttering," then I'm not sure what else would have been as perfect a sentiment as the one noting the fluttering leaves.

     I stamped the quote onto Whisper White Cardstock using Rich Razzleberry Classic Ink, and then die cut it with one of the Tags and Labels Framelits. Then I used a slightly larger framelit to die cut some Rich Razzleberry Cardstock, adhered these two together, and adhered the to the card front with Stampin' Dimensionals. For a bit of an accent, and to make believe that the tag was tied to the ribbon, I added a bit of Calypso Coral Thick Bakers Twine. It's far enough away from those Tangelo Twist leaves that they seem to me to go together just fine.

     I adhered the entire card front onto a card base made with the Whisper White Thick Cardstock, which is heavy enough to handle all that weight.

     What fun this card was to make – and so quick!  I hope you'll take the opportunity to enter the SUO Challenge this time with your own Fall Fun Card!

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Posted on : Nov 09 2015
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Sheltering Tree with a Fun Technique

Aloha, all!

     Those of you on my Newsletter Mailing list have already seen this project.  But I thought the rest of you might like to see what fun I had with the Sheltering Tree Stamp Set. The set was first released as part of the 2015 Occasions Catalog, but now it's firmly entrenched in the annual 2015-2015 Stampin' Up! catalog.  And I'm quite please to see it's still around!


     The colors I used for this project are Watermelon Wonder, Cucumber Crush, Soft Suede and Blushing Bride. It's pretty easy to see which colors are where. As always, I love using the Photopolymer Stamp Sets – of which this is one! – because I am able clearly to see where I'm placing my stamps when one image is being placed specifically in relations to another – like the leaves on the tree trunk! Oh, and the background paper is from the Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper Stack. The sheets are definitely large enough to use on a large square card such as this one.

     What's fun and interesting about this card is how I used the large circles in the Sizzix Circles Collection Framelit to just partially die cut the circle. The technique I used is in my newsletter tutorial. If you'd like it, just sign up for my newsletter by July 21st (which is when I hope to get the next newsletter out).  I'll be incuding a link to the June newsletter tutorials in July.


Here are the products featured in this project. Link to my personal Stampin' Up! Store to order any of these!

Sheltering Tree Photopolymer Stamp Set (1371633)
Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper Stack (138443)
Cardstock: Whisper White THICK Cardstock for the card base (140272); Whisper White Cardstock (100730); Cucumber Crush and Watermelon Wonder from the Cherry on Top Cardstock Pack (139002); Pool Party (122924)
Ink: Cucumber Crush Classic Stampin Pad (138324); Watermelon Wonder Classic Stampin' Pad (138323); Blushing Bride Classic Stampin' Pad (131172); Soft Suede Classic Stampin' Pad (126978)
Blushing Bride Candy Dots (from the Subtles Collection – 130933)
Circles Collection Framelits (130911)



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Posted on : Jul 18 2015
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