Aloha, all! And welcome to another fun - but spooky! - edition of Island Hopping. I've been chatting about my Island Hopping friend, Cheryl Hamilton, in my last few articles. This time, we're sharing projects for one of my favorite times for card-giving, Halloween! First I'm hoping you'll enjoy my story of making this fun fold card. Then I'll send you on over to Cheryl's blog to see what she has … [Read more...] about A Spooky Tower Card!
Aloha, all! OK, I've mentioned several times about how wonderful it was to have been at the Island Style Stampers Annual Retreat in Maui earlier this month. But did you know that I almost couldn't go? Nothing so drastic as Covid. But it's definitely related to the economic issues facing everyone these days. While I could get an airline reservation to hop on over to Maui, I couldn't get a rental … [Read more...] about Cork Paper is Perfect for Fall Leaves!
Aloha, all! In my last article, I mentioned that I'd traveled to the island of Maui to attend a stamping retreat. The retreat lasted two FULL days and we were knee deep in crafting projects the whole time. One of my favorite sessions was the one in which we used a brand new Stampin' Up! product, Cork 12" x 12" Specialty Paper. The frame under the flowers in this card is made from that paper. And … [Read more...] about Cork Paper? You Bet – and Just in Time for Fall!
Aloha, all! Where has September gone???? Well, to begin, I spent several days on the island of Maui crafting with my friend, Cheryl Hamilton's, demonstrator team. I can't even begin to tell you what fun that was. But once I got back, I spent most of the next two weeks getting ready for a trip my husband and I are taking beginning this coming weekend. We'll be in Florida and North Carolina for … [Read more...] about It’s Time for Halloween Cards!
Aloha, all! I tend not to buy stamp sets that exude "cuteness." I'd rather have a set that's versatile enough so that I can use it to be just as artistic as I want to be. A bit of a change of sentiment here, different color combinations there, added embellishments, can make a stamped image as sentimental or cute as I might want it to be. Not so with the Squirrels in the Nuts About You Stamp … [Read more...] about Some Cute Squirrels for My Customers
Aloha, all! I know that, technically, in the northern hemisphere, the only thing that changed as of today was the month of the year. But, for as long as I can remember, I have always thought of September as the beginning of Autumn. Or, as it seems to be more generally spoken of, Fall. I think that the main reason was that the day after Labor Day was always the first day of school in my life. And … [Read more...] about Happy September!
Aloha, all! If you are anything like me, when I opened the new Sale-a-bration brochure and saw the Penguin Playmates paper set, my first reaction was, "I'm not ready for Christmas yet - it's not even winter!" Sure, penguins are fun all year long. But this paper has polar bears and Christmas trees and snowmen and wool scarves and hats! It's still summer, guys!!! But then I looked at … [Read more...] about A Sale-a-bration Surprise!
Aloha, all! These are 6 of the 20 cards I made in one afternoon this weekend. OK, it was a full 5-hour afternoon. But still, it was 20 cards! And you can get everything you need to make these cards and more for just over $50! Read on to find out how I did this. It All Started With the Gingerbread & Peppermint Papers I'm sure you can imagine that, with all of the fab products in the new … [Read more...] about Fun, Fast and Ink-Free Cards!
Aloha, all! In my last article, I shared some cards I'd made with the FREE Beautifully Penned Designer Series Paper set that's in this summer's Sale-a-bration Brochure. The main color in those cards was Polished Pink, and I used two prints from the Beautifully Penned Set. Today I've got a card that uses those two prints and two more. Plus I'm back with a color that's more in my color style, Fresh … [Read more...] about More Fun With Beautifully Penned Paper
Aloha, all! These cards are among many that I made this past weekend to thank my most recent customers for their orders. Of couse I used one of the most versatile products that they - and you! - can get FOR FREE from this summer's Sale-a-bration Brochure. It's a set of papers called Beautifully Penned. What makes it so versatile is that every design on the while background is either black or … [Read more...] about A Most Versatile Sale-a-bration Freebie!
Aloha, all! From my very first look at the Stampin' Up! 2021-2022 Catalog - online, no less! - I have been in love with the Hand-Penned Peals Designer Series Paper. Even after seeing and using all the other papers I showed off all during the month of July, I still love this paper set more than all the others. Oh, come Christmas time, I may shift my allegiance to the Tidings of Christmas set. But … [Read more...] about Hand-Penned Petals – My Favorite Set of All