Aloha, all! After all these Christmas card posts this week, I'm ready for a bit of a change. But that won't last for long. The reason it won't last is that Stampin' Up!'s August - December 2020 Mini Catalog (otherwise known as the "Holiday Catalog") will hit the Internet. That catalog will also hit the mailboxes of my customers a day or two earlier. I hope they will be looking through it … [Read more...] about Christmas in July – The Last July Card!
Handmade Christmas Cards
Aloha, all! Here we are, still in the last week of July 2020, and I and my Stampin' Up! sister, Cheryl Hamilton, are so thankful that Hawai'i dodged a bullet, er, Hurricane, last weekend. To celebrate, we've chosen to continue to celebrate Christmas In July for our monthly Island Hopping Blog Hop. The island are in Hawaii - Maui, Cheryl's home island, and the Big Island, my home. Check out the … [Read more...] about More Christmas in July – For Island Hopping!
Aloha, all! This July I've been having fun making slimline cards again. I forgot how much I like making cards of different shapes - as long as they can be mailed, of course! With Social Media the way it is today, when a kind of card-making becomes popular, it becomes WAY popular! There's even now a Facebook page called, "Slimline Card Addicts." As of today, it's almost up to 1,000 members. And … [Read more...] about Christmas In July – Part II!
Aloha, all! This year I sent out almost 100 holiday cards, most of them Christmas cards. No, this is not usually how many I send out. Each year, when Stampin' Up!'s Holiday Mini Catalog comes out, I pick a few of my favorite stamps, papers and embellishments and make about 40 or 50 cards featuring those products. That's what I did in 2018. But in 2018, the whole process stopped with the making … [Read more...] about My Holiday Cards are All Sent!
Aloha, all! Earlier this week I shared some samples of how I used the new Christmastime Is Here Designer Series Paper and two of the new embellishments in the Christmastime Is Here suite - the Gold 1/4" Shimmer Ribbon and Gold Glitter Enamel Dots. Today I have one project that uses all three of these, along with just three products from the Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog. I made this card … [Read more...] about New Products for a Fun Fold Card!
Aloha, all! It's time once again for Cheryl Hamilton, a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator extraordinaire from Maui, and I to share projects across the channel between our islands - it's Island Hopping Day! The brand new Christmastime Is Here suite of products is available beginning this coming Friday, November 1st! What I found great about this suite is that so many products in it are perfect … [Read more...] about Island Hopping: Introducing a New Suite of Products!
Aloha, All! Every year the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog has such fun host-only stamp sets, that I make sure that my very first order is at least $150 so I can buy at least one of them. This year is no different! I fell in love with the Holiday Haul Stamp Set the minute I saw it. Here is the first card that I made with this set last week. The little red car and that cute trailer just … [Read more...] about The Holiday Haul Stamp Set – And How to Get It!
Aloha, all! Earlier this month, I entered a challenge to add my own colors to one of Stampin' Up!'s Designer Series Papers to show how they can be changed to make our own unique project. I had just finished a project using the Toile Tidings Designer Series Paper set, which includes designs that are just white and one color. While the striped and checkered designs worked for me, I had a hard … [Read more...] about Coloring Colored Paper? Yes!
Aloha, all! I had so much fun at Cheryl Hamilton's stamping event last month, and got some great inspiration as I work to design my own Christmas cards this year. For one thing, since I first saw the Wrapped in Plaid Designer Series Paper in the Stampin' Up! 2019 Holiday Catalog, I've thought of it as a green and red Christmas paper. Not so! There's BLUE in that paper! Night of Navy blue, in … [Read more...] about We’ll Have a Blue (Plaid!) Christmas!
Aloha, all! Where have I been and where did September go???? Well, I've been right here in my apartment working to get ready for our new windows FINALLY! to be installed. We signed a contract on those windows well over a year (yes, YEAR) ago, and come Monday, the installation will begin. There were lots of bumps along the way, mostly due to local government ineptitude (a building permit to … [Read more...] about Is It October Already?
Aloha, all! I've had several friends over for crafting sessions the past couple of weeks, and each of them has something they really want from the upcoming Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog (next week!). But I've had lots of fun helping them understand that there are many ways they can already start making this year's cards just with products from the Stampin' Up! ANNUAL Catalog! So when it came … [Read more...] about A Christmas Card – Annual Catalog Products Only!