Aloha, all! I am so enjoying being on the Diva's Coffee Break Design Team! I have found myself making cards that are SO different from what I might usually make. For one thing, I really do have to make a card look like I paid attention to the sketch. In some challenges, I take a lot of liberty with the sketches because I feel that they're really … [Read more...] about It’s Diva Time Again!
Aloha, all! As you can probably tell, I tend towards the kinds of designs that have clean lines and some symmetry. I like to have neat edges and have papers and ribbons and such lying nice and flat on the card or scrapbook page. But I've noticed in many of my craft magazines as well as in Stampin' Up!'s publications and samples, the … [Read more...] about Learning the “Vintage” Look
Aloha, all! Among stamps sets that do not get a lot of attention are those that you can get FOR FREE for hostessing a workshop. If you hostess a workshop of $300 or more (think 6 people ordering just $50 worth of products!), you get to select a Level 2 Hostess set (along with other FREE products). One of this year's Level 2 Hostess sets uses … [Read more...] about A Gorgeous New Hostess Set!
Aloha, all! I'm sure that you've noticed a brand new promotion from Stampin' Up! that I've put over on the right under my "Specials" tag. It's the opportunity to purchase one of Stampin' Up!'s newest stamp sets, Awash With Flowers. Or get it FOR FREE with a $350 Hostess Workshop! This is a stamp set with a dozen and a half images to help you … [Read more...] about Fun With Flowers!
Aloha, all! Sometimes I'm so intent on using the latest "thing" in stamping, that I forget all those stamp sets that I have that, while still current, have been around for quite awhile. Today I rediscovered one of these sets, and ended up making two cards for two entirely different purposes from it. Today's card was one commissioned by a friend who needed a quick, pretty, but … [Read more...] about Discovering An Old Stamp Set
Aloha, all! A challenge on one of my discussion boards this week was to take any sample from the Stampin' Up! 2009-2010 Idea Book and Catalog and change it to be a "kid-friendly" card. I tried to think of something that I had in my stamp stash that would make my grandkids smile (well, the little one is probably a bit too young for that--but there are 3 other older kids!). … [Read more...] about Another Challenge–Kid Stuff!
Aloha, all! You might recall that, a couple of weeks ago, we had a going away party for my friend, Billie, and her husband. I made a gigantic card for the whole FCE (Family and Community Education) group to sign--all 27 of us on one card! Today I found out that Billie's mother just passed away. How wonderful that Billie was able to be there with her. I have been trying to … [Read more...] about A Challenge Card: A note of sympathy
Aloha, all! Today's the day I leave for the Stampin' Up! Convention. I'm really looking forward to this trip as this year I have some inkling of what will be going on. Last year I was a bit nervous since I'd never been to this kind of convention. I'd been to large craft group conventions, but never something of this size. When I used to travel to "Spirit of Cross … [Read more...] about On My Way to Salt Lake City!
Aloha, all! I've been busy this week getting ready for my trip to the Stampin' Up! Convention is Salt Lake City next week. I've not planned a lot of swapping, but I have been working on projects to submit to the Marketing booth once I get there. Next week I'll share some of those projects with you. But for today, I'd like to share a project whose design puzzled me a bit, but … [Read more...] about Happy 90th Birthday, Marian!
Aloha, all! If you're enjoying making cards, gifts, and scrapbooks in today's internet-connected world, you'll want to check out the website, Split Coast Stampers. There are galleries, forums, and advertisements of all kinds--even some Stampin' Up! ads these days! Lots of resources for designs, tutorials, and templates, too. My sister-in-law, Deb, who is also my Stampin' Up! … [Read more...] about Our Split Coast Stampers Name Tags
Aloha, all! One of my very favorite stamp sets, and one that's been around a long time, is Voila! I've used it inumerable times to decorate bottles of wine to give as hostess gifts, and I just love using Designer Series Paper to make something other than a white cloak for the cook in the set. Today I used two stamps from the set for a Challenge Card. The Challenge Sketch was posted … [Read more...] about A Challenge Card with an Old Friend