Aloha, all! This coming Sunday is the Fourth of July. Of course, no matter where you are, it's the Fourth of July. But in the United States, the Fourth of July is celebrated as our Independence Day. With the colors of our flag being Red, White, and Blue, and with a flag filled with stars and stripes, how could I not pull out my long-neglected Stitched Stars Dies!? Stitched Stars Dies Are … [Read more...] about Celebrate Independence Day
Aloha, all! Did you get the "Sand and Sea" suite from the January - June Stampin' Up! Mini Catalog? Wasn't it fun to have a die AND an embossing folder with the same image. First you ran it through your machine to cut it. Then you stamped the images. And finally you ran the cut and stamped image through with the embossing folder. What fun that was? But with the Art In Bloom Bundle, you can … [Read more...] about Cut and Emboss At The Same Time
Aloha, all! Last week in my monthly Island Hopping article, I shared a picture of this card (click here). The focus of that post was the paper that I used for the card front. It is a sheet from the Stampin' Rewards collection of products in the Stampin' Up! 2021-2022 Annual Catalog. Today, though, I'm sharing it so you can see how I created the card to work with both the Turtle Friends Bundle … [Read more...] about Turtle Friends and Give It a Whirl
Aloha, all! Have you noticed the Give It A Whirl Dies in the new Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog? Neither did I. I usually look through the front part of the catalog, ooh-ing and aah-ing over the gorgeous projects the Stampin' Up! designers make. Then I think about buying things so I can try them, too. But with no young children in my life at the moment, I hardly stop at all at the projects that … [Read more...] about I Love Interactive Cards
What a great way to make a greeting card for a favorite quilter! Aloha, all! Several years ago, just on a lark, I decided I wanted to try to make a card front using a pattern based on a quilt block a friend was making. Every once in a while I see another pattern that I just have to try. I've now accumulated quite a few blocks and finally have written some tutorials so that you can easily … [Read more...] about Make a Card for National Quilting Day!
Aloha, all! This will be just a quick update on a post from last week about the new Enjoy the Moment Stamp Set. At the time that I wrote that post I'd not yet received one of the cards I was supposed to have received from the swap a few friends and I did. Now I have it and I just had to share it. The Colors Don't Have to be Earth Tones! Every single card that I've seen made with this set, … [Read more...] about Enjoy the Moment Stamp Set – Even Brighter!
Aloha, all! Last month in my Tuesday's Tips, I wrote blog posts about layering. Even in my Throwback Thursday posts, there was some layering. In fact, I would say that a good 75% (or more?) of cards that I design for myself involve layering in one form or another. Today's post isn't really a "throwback," though it's not current either. But I came across it on Pinterest the other day and I … [Read more...] about Let the Paper Make the Card!
Aloha, all! Today is the first day that my Stampin' Up! customers can order a whole new line of Stampin' Up! products. It's called Curvy Celebrations. And it's not just Christmas! This set of products includes a bundle that will be featured in the upcoming January - June 2021 Mini Catalog. And yes, you get a pre-order just as we do. What, you haven't even finished with Christmas let alone … [Read more...] about Curvy New Products!
Aloha, all! Since I managed to sneak a Throwback card into my Tuesday's Tips Layering post earlier this week, I thought I'd sneak a Layering post into this week's Throwback Thursday. Whenever I go looking for Throwback Thursday projects, I inevitably find layered cards - it's something I've been doing since I started Stampin' Up! Layering with Designer Series Papers Last week in one of my … [Read more...] about Layering with Printed Papers!
Aloha, all! This is the last Tuesday in October 2020, a month in which I promised my Tuesday's Tips blog posts would focus on some basics of creating layers in cards. So far what I've shown you has had to do with layers that are rectangles. Granted they've been of lots of different sizes, but they've had 4 straight sides. Those are the easiest layers for which you can make mats easily using … [Read more...] about Tuesday’s Tip: Layers Aren’t Just Rectangles!
Aloha, all! This is the third in a series about layering techniques. We began with some basic concepts in calculating the size of layers as you build a card (click here). Then last week I offered some hints on getting ideas for layered layouts from both the Internet and the Stampin' Up! Catalog (click here). Today I'll go over how to take one layout and rearrange its elements to three different … [Read more...] about Tuesday’s Tips: Move Those Layers Around!