Halloween Fun with Jar of Haunts Stamp Set – Part 2

Aloha, all!

     If you looked at the photo of the Jar of Haunts Stamp Set in Wednesday's blog post, you'll have noticed that there is more than one stamp that's made to fit inside that fun little jar. For that post, I included the fun little mummy-looking figure in the jar. Today's project is a bit sweeter.


     I got the idea for this layout from fellow Stampin' Up! Demonstrator extraordinaire, Connie Babbert. So I should probably call it a CASEd card (recalling that CASE stands for Copy And Share with Everyone).

     The "sweet" part of this, of course, is that there is candy in the jar this time. If I wasn't so busy trying to get all my Halloween cards done this week, I'd have liked to have cut out some of those candies and plopped them in different spots on the card just for fun. But "hurry" is my word of the week this week!

     Even though the paper – from the Halloween Night Specialty Designer Series Paper set – has Pumpkin Pie as its primary color, I decided to use Peekaboo Peach as the coordinating color for this card since I wanted to make a ribbon bow to accent the card. There is no Pumpkin Pie ribbon in the Stampin' Up! catalog at this point. BUT if you'd like to make this card with Pumpkin Pie accents, there is some Pumpkin Pie 1/4" Cotton Ribbon on Stampin' Up!'s Clearance Rack!

     Back to the Peekaboo Peach – besides the 3/8" Ruched Ribbon, I used some Peekaboo Peach Cardstock, which I texturized with the Brick Wall Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. I also decided to make a bow for the jar itself, and used the bow and ribbon stamps from the Jar of Love Stamp Set.  Then I die cut both the jar and the bow using the Everyday Jars Framelits Set. I matted the Designer Series Paper sheet with some Basic Black Cardstock and adhered it over the Peekaboo Peach Cardstock, and then adhered that all to a card base made with Whisper White Thick Cardstock. The last layering step was to adhere the stamped and die-cut jar to the card using Stampin' Dimensionals.

     For the final touch, I added three Pumpkin Pie color sequins from the Brights Sequin Assortment. Done, and oh, so cute! Thanks, Connie Babbert, for the idea!

     Now here are links to the products that I featured in this project. Let me know if I could interest you in buying any of them. It's still not too late for Halloween! Or click on any of the photos to go right to my store to order them directly online!


Posted on : Oct 21 2016
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Halloween Fun With Jar of Haunts Stamp Set – Part 1!

Aloha, all!

     I've finally gotten around to making some fun Halloween cards! Can you say, "Last Minute"? Well, it's not exactly the last minute. But if I'm going to get cards in the mail, I'd better be on it by now, or people will be getting Halloween cards for Thanksgiving!


     To begin, every year I tell myself I'm not going to "waste" time with Halloween cards when I could be spending my time getting my handmade Christmas Cards done. But then, every year Stampin' Up! puts out a Holiday Catalog with the CUTEST Halloween stamp sets! This year has been no exception, and I have just fallen in love with the Jar of Haunts Stamp Set. There are lots of other cute sets in the Stampin' Up! 2016 Holiday Catalog; but Jar of Haunts is the one set I chose for most of my Halloween cards. There's another one, but I'll be sharing that with you next week, after I get through playing with the jars!

     So on to this little critter – something in this jar is mummified, but what is it? Ah, that's where your imagination comes in! Certainly, this jar is in a bit of a spooky place with all those little spiders hanging around the brick wall and fall colored "wood slats." And I love the "spooky treat for you to eat" greeting. So my imagination says that this is a carefully decorated jar of yucky green jello – tasty, but it would take a bit of courage for me to get by that first spoonful! Oooh, and I know exactly who will get this particular card. My niece, Margie, is a Halloween specialist, and I could imagine her having something like this lying around on a table somewhere during her annual Halloween fest. That's a party I'd like to attend every year!  But it's 6,000 miles away, so I consider myself lucky that I got there at least once.

     All of the stamped images in this project are from the Jar of Haunts stamp set – except for the jar lid, which is in this year's original Stampin' Up! jar set, Jar of Love. There are even framelits to go with the Jar-style stamp set – the Everyday Jar Framelits Dies. I used that to cut out the jar and its lid.

     The papers in this card are both from the Halloween Nights Specialty Designer Series Paper set. The washi tape that I used to decorate the area behind the jar is from the Halloween Night Designer Washi Tape set.

     So with this card, and the others I'll be sharing between now and Halloween, I am ready to get cards in the mail! Here are the products I featured in today's card. It's not too late to get online and order them from my Stampin' Up! store. Just click on a photo to get more information about each product and order it to be sent directly to you!


Posted on : Oct 19 2016
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Another Try on a Birthday Card Layout

Aloha, all!

     A couple of days ago I shared a card that I sent as a birthday card to one of my brothers. Even though I did end up making some adjustments to the card, I still wanted to try this layout using another set of papers. When I opened my box of Designer Series Paper, I quickly came across the metallic sheets in the Affectionately Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper set. The card design took off from there, and there isn't even any texturizing this time!


     The metallic color in this card is Copper, and there are lots of accents or embellishments available in the Stampin' Up! Catalogs that are also copper colored. I managed not yet to have them in my stash, so I put in a Stampin' Up! products order for myself to buy them. I really wanted to include copper accents in this card. Then two things conspired to make quash that idea: one, the Copper Foil Sheets from the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog are out of stock and won't be available again until at least the end of this month. Second, I read a notice on Facebook that there was going to be an effort to try to get thousands of handmade greeting cards sent to the Stampin' Up! Co-founder, Shelli Gardner, on the occasion of her birthday. So I just went ahead and accented this card with Night of Navy Cardstock and Ink, and Very Vanilla Cardstock and Ribbon. Then I sent it off to Shelli!

     Of course, if you look at the copper printed paper that is the main background in this card, it's clear that there is some texture. So I do believe that I was right in saying that the original birthday card needed texture. I'm definitely going to make one more card with this layout – a Christmas Card! And, for that card, I'll write a tutorial that will be included in my next monthly newsletter in early November. I hope you like it!

     Now here are the products featured in today's card. I hope you'll click to get more information about the products – and even buy those that I used today!

Posted on : Oct 17 2016
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Happy Birthday to My Brother, John!

Aloha, all!

     This year marks a special birthday for my second youngest brother, John, who has finally just retired from his first career. As he is a real go-getter, I have no doubt that he will be thoroughly involved in another career before too long. I can hardly wait to hear about it!  But for now, I'm just happy to be able to make him a hand-made birthday card.


     I wanted to make this card a bit on the masculine side, and I also wanted to make his card showing off some of the Stampin' Up! Designer Series Papers that are on sale (Buy-3-Get-1-FREE) all this month. For this card, I'm showing off the Blooms and Bliss Designer Series Paper set. No, it's not all flowers! There are several prints in this set that are fairly plain, as are the two prints I used in this card.  My original card design included a plain Mint Macaron oval behind the banner. That made this card just too plain. So I pulled that layer off the larger oval and remade it using the Festive Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. Then I put it back together, making a couple of other adjustments. It's amazing what seeing a card in a photograph can do in terms of making adjustments! Just for giggles, I'm including a copy of the original card at the end of this post.

     The creative part was looking at that 2-1/2" strip of coordinating Designer Series Paper and reversing the patterns when I die-cut the large oval mat behind the sentiment layer and its mat. I need to work on this a bit more to get everything lined up a bit more closely. But I do like the idea!

     This set of papers includes the two main solid colors I used – Island Indigo and Mint Macaron. My camera seems not to want to capture either of these colors the way they look in real life. But then, the Stampin' Up! catalog photos don't do that great a job of capturing these colors, either! But believe me when I say that, whatever shows up on the camera, the colors in this paper set are just luscious!

     The stamped images – the banner and the sentiment – are both from the Birthday Banners Stamp Set. I stamped the banner using Island Indigo Ink and the sentiment using Mint Macaron. Then I die-cut the banner using the Bunch of Banners Framelits set, before adhering it to the ovals, both cut from the Layering Ovals Framelits set.

     Before layering everything up, I tied a bit of Mint Macaron 3/8" Sheer Linen Ribbon around the main layered area. Then I adhered the oval layers using Stampin' Dimensionals. The final touches were two small Island Indigo Enamel Dots (from the Regals Enamels Shapes set).

     Here are the links to the products I used in today's card. Just click on any photo to go to my Stampin' Up! website to learn more about the product, and even to buy it if you wish!


johnsbirthdaycard     And here's the original card. I hope you agree that the texturizing worked to spiff it up a bit! Besides the texturizing, the other three adjustments I made were:

  1. I moved the right side of the banner up a bit so that the sentiment was more on a level line.
  2. I reattached the banner using Stampin' Dimensionals to give the card even more depth.
  3. I adjusted the knot in the ribbon so that it was more centered in the space between the right side of the background oval and the edge of the card.

     So that's it! Watch for another design using this layout in a couple of days!

Posted on : Oct 15 2016
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Tea Bag Fun With Holiday Papers!

Aloha, all!

     When I first felt the This Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper from the Stampin' Up! 2016-2017 Annual Catalog, I knew it would be perfect for Tea Bag folding for Christmas cards! The reason is that it's not nearly as heavy as standard Designer Series Papers. Another benefit, is that there's more of it! There are 24 sheets in the package, with FOUR sheets of each of the 6 designs (most Designer Series Papers have only 2 sheets of each of 6 designs).

     So, with the biweekly Stampin' Up! Only Challenge this time a challenge to use Holiday Papers, I felt that this was a good time to try out my Tea Bag folding with the This Christmas papers.


     The Tea Bag Fold that I used here is called a "Rosette." I briefly thought about making a tutorial to show how to make it. But in this case, there are so many good tutorials available on the Internet, that I decided my time would be better spent making these lovelies than writing about how to make them. Set your browser to search for "Tea Bag Rosette," and you'll have lots of hits.

     Back to the Designer Series Papers! There are three designs from the This Christmas set in this card: The Garden Green and Cherry Cobbler floral print; the Cherry Cobbler striped print; and the Garden Green print with Holly Berries (for the Rosette and also the mat behind the Cherry Cobbler print).

     For the sentiment, I used the Banners for Christmas Stamp Set that's in the Stampin' Up! 2016 Holiday Catalog. If you look at the images in the catalog, you'll see that the words, "Peaceful" and "Christmas," are straight line stamps. But with this kind of a Photopolymer stamp, it's possible to arrange it into a bit of a curve without damaging the stamp at all. And that's what I did with these two words. It takes a bit of trial and error, but that's easily done with scrap paper. I stamped the banner itself using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, which is also a color in the Designer Series Paper. I cut the banner using the Bunch of Banners Framelits, also in the 2016-2017 Annual Catalog.

     To develop the layout for this card, I arranged everything on the front of the card before adhering any papers or stamped images to anything else. Even so, now that I look at the photograph, I think I could have scooched the vertical layers over to the left just a little bit more. Nonetheless, I do like the layout in general, and will likely use it again.

     I hope you'll take the time over the next two weeks to make a card of your own using some of Stampin' Up!'s Holiday Papers and enter them into the Stampin' Up! Only Challenge. This is really a fun challenge and we'd love to see how you use your holiday papers (oh, and "Holiday" doesn't refer just to Christmas – that Halloween Night Specialty Designer Series Paper is gorgeous with all that silver in it!)

     And here are the products I featured in today's project. I hope you'll like some of them enough to click on an image and go to my website to buy them!


Posted on : Oct 10 2016
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Happy Birthday, Jadon!

Aloha, all!

     Happy Birthday to Jadon, a young man whom we several years ago adopted as a grandson. Oh, he has "real" grandparents, but there was a time when he saw more of us than he did of his other grandparents. So we became Grandma Robin and Grandpa Harry, and we're quite happy with that. These days, as we don't travel to the U. S. mainland as often as we used to, we don't get to see him all that much either. But we keep in touch, especially when his birthday comes around in October!


     Even though this is Jadon's second year as a teenager, I still really like to try to make him something cute for his birthday that will make him smile. He has just the best smile in the whole world for a young man of his age. We won't be there when he opens this card, but I'm sure I know what his smile will look like!

     Originally, I'd planned to have only the one stamped image on this card – the fun crab from the You're Sublime Stamp Set. The stamp consists of the crab outline and the "Have a Snappy Day" sentiment. To create the background, I inked up only the crab image, being careful not to get ink on the sentiment. Yup, it happened anyway, but on one of the stamped images that's hidden behind the large crab in the middle. Love how layers can cover up a multitude of smudges and such! But once I had the card pretty much done, I thought a little bit of color on the background layer would add a nice touch. So I went hunting for the Seaside Shore Stamp Set and one of the little Starfish images in that set. I used the smallest starfish, and that filled up some of that empty space nicely.

     To make the central image, I stamped the whole stamp – sentiment and all – and then colored in the crab using Real Red Classic Ink and Blender Pens. If I'd just used a Real Red Stampin' Write Marker by itself, I know from experience that I would have done a great job of hiding the expression on that cute crab. The color is just too deep to let the black lines show through. Blender Pens do the trick of adding the color, but not as deep as the marker would.

     I cut the oval around the crab, as well as the scalloped oval that makes up the mat, using the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies. Then I finished off the card with a piece of Real Red 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon. All of the products in this project, by the way, are in the Stampin' Up! 2016-2017 Annual Catalog. Somehow I managed to make a card this time of the year without anything from the Holiday Catalog. Wonder how that happened?!

     Anyway, here are the products I feature in this project. Just click on any of the pictures to go to my Stampin' Up! Website Store to get more information or to buy the products listed!


Posted on : Oct 09 2016
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A Belated Happy Birthday Wish for Carson!

Aloha, all!

     Last weekend was the celebration of our youngest grandson's 8th Birthday. Happy Birthday, Carson! We actually got this card made and sent out in plenty of time for the birthday, but I put off posting it on my blog until his birthday, then ran into a particularly busy weekend and totally spaced on it!


     I got the idea for this card when I saw another Stampin' Up! demonstrator stamp the Jar of Love Stamp Set with the little fireflies escaping. I immediately remembered that I'd taken a photo of Carson earlier this summer, and he was playing with fireflies out in a field in Ohio. Oh, this photo would be perfect to go with the jar and fireflies images to make a birthday card!

     There really isn't a lot to say about this card as it's pretty obvious to see that I simply stamped the jar, then the fireflies, using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. Then I stamped a round stamp that comes with the stamp set, using Daffodil Delight ink, to mimic the lighting of the fireflies. In one of those "well, I already had it on my workspace" moments, I picked the sentiment from the Mixed Borders Stamp Set to go with the card – it fit in that little space so well!

     As happens on occasion, I used a product that's not included in the Stampin' Up! collection of products to finish the card. I love making a stitched-looking edge, and I happen to own a set of these border dies made by another company. I think they finished off this card beautifully!

     Just one mesage for today – don't forget photographs! They can make beautiful elements on a greeting card! And here are the Stampin' Up! products I used in today's card:

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Posted on : Sep 29 2016
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Color Fusers Blog Hop September 2016 – Part 2

Aloha, all!

     Once again I'm more than pleased to be a part of the Color Fusers Blog Hop! This is my second month in the hop, and the second of the two projects we were to make with the September Colors:


     You might recall that, in my first blog hop with these colors, I chose to make a Christmas Card, and fleetingly wondered if I should make my next card with a Christmas tree. That thought just came out of the blue (well, blue's not a color this time, so out of some other color). But once I accepted the thought enough to put it in a blog post, it stuck in my little crafty brain!


     And it turns out I really like a Mint Macaron Christmas tree!

     I first tried to make the card with just the three colors I'd used in the last card – Mint Macaron, Rich Razzleberry, and Sweet Sugarplum. And it looked OK. But I walked away for a while and, when I came back, the word, "Gold," popped up in front of my face. Well, not really – but, as I'd already decided to put one of the Gold Enamel Shapes Stars at the top of the tree, the gold kind of took over. As it's a metallic, I'm allowed to use it in any project. Yay!

     For the tree, I stamped my favorite tree from the Peaceful Pines Stamp Set, using Mint Macaron Ink on Mint Macaron Cardstock. I really inked up that stamp so that the color would show up nicely on the matching cardstock. Then I cut the tree using a die from the  Perfect Pines Framelit Set to cut out the tree. I thought the tree would look nice laying on an oval shape. This is when I really got the idea for using all the gold in this project – I thought a thin frame of gold would be super nice. So out came the Layering Ovals Framelit Set. Some of these ovals have scallops and some have plain lines. It's nice to mix them up a bit!

     My original thought had been to stamp a greeting at the bottom of the card and heat emboss it with gold embossing powder. But I couldn't find what I wanted in my stash. While I was looking though, I wondered if I didn't have some Christmas greetings in a die cutting set somewhere. Of course! I've had the Wonderful Wreath Framelits Set since it first came out – and the Noel die cut was perfect! Of course, I cut it in gold.

     When it came to layering up the card, I thought a bit of the Gold Metallic Thread would carry this theme through to finish up the card beautifully. And it did!

     What fun I had with these colors for September! Now I have to figure out what to do with the October colors. But I have a few weeks before I have to finish that up – but I can tell you that it won't be a Christmas card!

     Now I hope you'll visit each and every one of these wonderful designers. I'm always amazed at how creative they all are! You'll get some fabulous ideas from their blog hop posts today!

Jason Loucks
Paola Phillips
Jo Anne Hewins
Melissa Kerman
Robin Messenheimer – You are here!
Pat Ertman

     And here are the products that I featured in today's Color Fusers Blog Hop!


Posted on : Sep 19 2016
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By the Shore Happy Birthday!

Aloha, all!

     I met a woman today who was curious about my paper crafting. It wasn't long before she asked me if I could make a card for her 12-year old daughter's birthday, which is today! How could I not say, "Yes"?!


     I had to make something quickly before she left, and I decided to make a sea-themed card, using the By The Shore Designer Series Paper set. The reason I chose this theme was that this paper was on top of my stack of Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog Designer Series Papers AND I had ribbon on my shelf that coordinated with it. Splitting a card front in two with two different sheets of Designer Series Paper is about as quick and simple as it gets, while still looking like there's some design to a project. So doing that and running a ribbon around the center was where I started.

     Then I looked for birthday-themed stamps. Once I saw the Birthday Banners Stamp Set, (my sets are in alphabetical order on my shelf) I just stopped there.  The banner and the sentiments are all in this set, which makes it oh so easy to come up with something for a card front quickly (and quickly was what I needed). If you have this set or have noticed it in the catalog, you'll note that the sentiments are all straight. But Photopolymer Stamps are somewhat easy to bend into a shape that might better fit a stamp such as this banner stamp. I still don't quite have the hang of doing this, but I'm getting there!

     The banner stamp has a coordinating shape in the Bunch of Banners Framelits set. Can you say, "easy" and "quick"?

     The final touch was a little heart from the Subtles Collection Enamel Shapes set, and the one I used coordinates with the Calypso Coral color in the bottom half of the Designer Series Paper layer.


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     And that was that! What fun! And now she's asking about ordering her Christmas Cards! Nice way to start September!!!



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Posted on : Sep 02 2016
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Summer Swap Review – New Catty!

Aloha, all!

     Today's project is the third of the swaps I did this summer with our VC (Virtual Cruise) Rocks! group.  My last two blog posts showed off the first two of the swaps.

     The theme of this swap was "The New Catty." This refers to the 2016-2017 Stampin' Up! Catalog. So the project had to use products featured in this catalog. While we could use anything in the current catalog, I figured for myself that the theme really was to use something NEW in the new catalog.


     For my project, I once again decided to try to redo a CASEd project that I'd tried out last month. In that project, I tried the Live, Love, Grow Stamp Set layout from the catalog project on page 146, but I changed out the one non-green color that the Stampin' Up! catalog featured. What I did was pick up one of the colors in another project on the same page. I wasn't completely unhappy with the colors I picked, but my impression of what a terrarium should be is mostly green. So, for this project, I chose three greens for the main plants, adding just a bit of color with one of the stamps from the Jar of Love Stamp Set. The greens I chose were Pear Pizzazz, Mint Macaron, and Garden Green. I carried the Garden Green color through the rest of the project, sponging the edges of the scalloped square, stamping the sentiment and matting the main layer. I also stamped the outline of one of the flowers inside the card to decorate the page on which you'd write a note.

     The other color in this project is the new Peekaboo Peach. I used this for the background flower in the stamped image, and chose a piece of the Peekaboo Peach Designer Series Paper Stack for the main background layer. Finally, I tied on a bow with the new Peekaboo Peach 3/8" Ruched Ribbon.

     Once again, I used the MISTI tool (not a Stampin' Up! product) to help with this project. I didn't have to worry at all about where I was stamping any of my images. When it came to coloring in the plants, though, I chose to color them in by hand rather than use the filler stamps in the stamp set. I tried it both ways, and I really do like the look of the hand-coloring. Besides, aren't coloring books the "thing" these days to help us relax? Heck, I just made my own little coloring book with this swap!

     The stem on the flower from the Jar of Love Stamp Set isn't as long as I needed it to be for this project. So I hand-drew an extension of the stem in each of the pictures. That was relaxing, too! Actually the whole project was pretty relaxing, and I'm glad to have created the opportunity to do this. If you're interested in any of the products in this project, just click on any of the pictures below to go to my Stampin' Up! shop to learn more about them, and order them if you wish! Happy Stamping!!!


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Posted on : Aug 26 2016
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