Aloha, all! Looking at the All Squared Away bundle in the Stampin’ Up! 2021-2022 Annual Catalog, you’d think that the only way to use this bundle is to create a 2 x 2 grid. But I’m here to tell you today and a grid like that is far from the only way to use this bundle First The Colors One thing that I do like about the pictures in the Stampin’ Up! Catalog (p. 117) is that all three of the … [Read more...] about All Squared Away Is Not Just for Grids
Handmade Greeting Cards
Aloha, all! When I talk about a card that has a fun fold, I really like to give the fold a name. Usually I don't have a problem with that because I've seen the fold in other places, and the name is right there with the card. In this case, though, I had no such luck. After I figured out how I was going to make this card, I went looking (on Pinterest, of course) to see how other people had made a … [Read more...] about Another Super Simple Fun Fold Card!
Aloha, all! Where have I been all month? Strengthening my skills in card-making using new Stampin' Up! products, that's where! We Stampin' Up! demonstrators have been able to pre-order some products from the upcoming 2020-2021 Catalog. So I ordered some new stamp sets, papers, ribbons, embellishments and dies. I've been trying all of them out on samples I'll show you beginning today. Not only … [Read more...] about Showcasing Designer Series Papers!
Aloha, all! The week before our windows were to be done was a usual kind of week around here - hectic and disorganized. One of these days I'll get it together. Anyway, all of a sudden I realized that (not suddenly) I needed both a birthday card and a get well card, and I needed them the week before. The only solution to getting them done before the mail truck came to our apartment was to use … [Read more...] about One Design – Two Cards!
Aloha, all! Once again, it's the last Wednesday of the month, and it's time for the monthly Island Hopping Blog Hop featuring me, Robin Messenheimer, from Hawai'i's Big Island and Cheryl Hamilton from the island of Maui. This month we're featuring not only an upcoming holiday (Halloween), but we're showing off how stampers at all levels of crafting experience might create a card using the same … [Read more...] about A Fun Card for Every Stamper!
Aloha, all! One of my favorite activities every week happens every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday when I spend an hour at a local gym, Aloha Fitness, one of whose owners is my friend, Tunya. Tunya is also my personal trainer, and I owe my strength and good mobility to her efforts to keep me feeling a LOT younger than I am. Besides being a personal trainer, Tunya is and has competed as a … [Read more...] about Happy Birthday, Tunya!
Aloha, all! The Hilo Orchid Show is this coming weekend, and I finally finished my projects for the daily Silent Auction events! I made three sets of six cards, all featuring the same design, but each featuring a different color. I've been working on this project off and on for the past few weeks, tweaking the design a bit here and there, and finally settling on this set. Once it was all … [Read more...] about Fun Project for the Hilo Orchid Show!
Aloha, all! With the small space in which I now have to work, I really do have to put things away as soon as I use them or my work table gets totally out of hand. So, yes, after I finished my last card, I did manage to put most stuff away to get ready for my next project - except that I didn't bother taking the Vases Builder Punch back to its designated spot because it's too far away. I would … [Read more...] about Old Habits Are Hard to Break!
Aloha, all! With all that went on in my life after the volcanic eruption last year and dealing with all the moving and getting settled, I have found that there are at least a dozen stamp sets in my collection that I've never used! Unfortunately, several of those retired earlier this month, and I'm just not going to take the time to use them now, because most of them did NOT retire! So I have … [Read more...] about A Personal Card Challenge!
Aloha, all! So much has been going on lately here in Hilo, Hawai'i. Right now I'm in between appointments with a "to-do" list that's way too long for the number of hours in any day of the week. Sitting at my computer writing about one of my current projects is such a relaxing way to chill out and just focus on one thing at once. So here I am! Focusing! My focus the past few days has been on … [Read more...] about Getting Ready for an Orchid Show!
Aloha, all! Those of you who follow me on Facebook may have read that I spent last weekend visiting a friend on the island of Maui. Said friend is also a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator and, as you might expect, we did a LOT of crafting during the weekend. While one of the activities I was anxious to dig into was checking out all of the new stamp sets and papers and embellishments she'd preordered … [Read more...] about More Retiring Papers!