Pals Blog Hop August 2016: Cut It Out!

Pals Blog Hop August 2016 LogoWelcome to the Pals Blog Hop August 2016.  We are thankful you stopped by to take a look at our new 2016 Blog Hop monthly themes.  This month we are featuring projects using our favorite Stampin’ Up! cutting tools. There are so many wonderful punches, framelits and edgelits available that help make papercrafting more detailed and fun! We hope to provide you with lots of ideas and that you enjoy our creations.

You may just be starting the Blog Hop or may have come from the previous link at Stamp with Brian or from the Line-up on the Pals Blog Hop listing shown below.  The full lineup will help you move along from blog to blog so you may see all the projects.

Did you know? The new Stampin’ Up! framelits come with extra dies! Take a look:

by Amy Hoptay the Jurassic Crafter for Pals Blog Hop August 2016, thoughtful branches, thank you card, May Flowers Framelits, for more details click through to my blog! #stampinup #craftcarnivore #thoughtfulbranches

There are THREE extra dies in this set: Yay! 1, Yay! 2, and Yay! 3 For this month’s project I took the Yay!2 die (just go with it) and made a stamp from it – bet you didn’t know you could do that, right? Just take a piece of Fun Foam and run it through the Big Shot using the die. I added some repositionable adhesive to the foam and then used it like a stamp! I stamped it on some clear heat-resistant acetate and embossed it with embossing powder to make this adorable window card:

by Amy Hoptay the Jurassic Crafter for the Pals Blog Hop August 2016, thoughtful branches, thank you card, May Flowers Framelits, for more details click through to my blog! #stampinup #craftcarnivore #thoughtfulbranches

Tips and tricks for making this card

  • I used the Yay! 2 die from the May Flowers Framelits (as shown above) to cut the frame inside my card base and in the card front.
  • Line up the base and front and hold them in place with some washi tape (you need to put the acetate window in between the card front and the card base) and then run them through the Big Shot together; this gives you perfect placement to line up the embossed acetate.
  • The “thank you” sentiment is from the new Thoughtful Branches bundle (#144328). But it’s only available till the end of August!
  • I hope you noticed that yes, I did indeed heat emboss that tiny staple so it would match the card!
  • The May Flowers framelits coordinate with the Falling Flowers stamp set (Bundle #142329).

There are several framelit sets in the Annual Catalog that also have extra dies – what a great way to expand your dies and still have them coordinate with a stamp set!! Be sure to check out the Bundles page in the online catalog by clicking HERE and you will see what I mean.  Oh, and bundles give a better value – save 10%!

Thanks for visiting. To continue with the hop, go to Deb’s Stampin’ Grounds or refer to the Blog Hop Line-up below. We hope to see you on next month’s Pals Blog Hop! 

A Final Flourishing Phrases Finale

I guess I’ve been addicted to the Flourishing Phrases bundle from Stampin’ Up! but I promise to try to make this the last post that will highlight it for a while!

So I made this card to send to a friend of mine, remembered to take some pix, and then promptly lost said card. Does that ever happen to you? And believe me, I have looked EVERYWHERE! I think I must spend more time going through the trash than actually making things. It’s so frustrating.

by Amy Hoptay, the Jurassic Crafter, flourishing phrases, floral boutique dsp, note card, for more details click through to my blog! #stampinup #craftcarnivore #floral

  • For example, I lost an oval die after making some projects and didn’t have time to do a more thorough search before I had to leave the house for a craft retreat. When I got home my husband asked if I was missing anything: that stupid die turned up in the WASH! Probably got mislaid when I was stripping the beds to do laundry. Yeah, I know what you’re thinking, but I really don’t sleep with my craft supplies.
  • A couple of weeks ago when my sister-in-law was visiting and we were crafting, she asked to use my Basic Grey Stampin’ Up! marker. No problem. However, two days ago, I went through the trash TWICE looking for that same marker, until I remembered it was on the mantel in the dining room!
  • I was looking all over the house for a missing thinlit die. Of course, one of the smaller ones. The next day I found it stuck to the bottom of my iPad cover. I know, you can’t fix stupid.

So here is the card I lost:

by Amy Hoptay, the Jurassic Crafter, flourishing phrases, washi tape, wink of stella, thank you cards, for more details click through to my blog! #stampinup #craftcarnivore #flourishes

Unfortunately, this time a picture is NOT worth a thousand words, so I’ll just have to go back to the drawing board. Or maybe I will just use this one:

by Amy Hoptay, the Jurassic Crafter, flourishing phrases, floral boutique dsp, note card, for more details click through to my blog! #stampinup #craftcarnivore #floral

Which is probably what I will do. That is, as long as I can find it. I swear, it was right here just a minute ago … Or was it? 😉

This Birthday Gets a Stamp of Approval

The Birthday girl turned twenty-five!

It’s birthday time again. Already? Wow. Time flew. (Did you know that time flies like an arrow and fruit flies like a banana? Thank you, Grouch Marx)!

So to celebrate I decided to use the Beautiful World stamp set from the Stamp of Approval Beautiful World collection. I absolutely love the flourish in this set – I guess I’m on a flourish kick these days! I went through three versions of this card before I finally made one that I actually like.

Stamp of Approval Beautiful World Birthday Idea - the Jurassic Crafter stampofapproval

A couple of thoughts now that it’s done:

  • Working with watercolor paper is a lot harder than I thought. I had to ink the stamp with embossing ink several times to get good coverage, most likely because the paper is so textured.
  • I really needed my MISTI (just Google it) in order to get exact placement of the stamp each time that I had to re-ink it. MostIncredibleStampingToolInvented.
  • Yes, Virginia, there is, indeed, a difference in embossing powders. I started out just using the embossing ink and black embossing powder, but the brand I had on hand didn’t give me any of the fine details in the image.
  • Solution? Stamp with black ink and clear, ultra fine embossing powder. What a difference!!
  • I used watercolor paper because I wanted to use my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers – I just kind of dabbed a bit of color here and there and then I spritzed the whole thing with water.
  • In case you’re wondering, when I use anything other than a very light card stock to make a card, as above, I always cut a piece of light card stock to adhere to the inside of the card so I can stamp and write visibly.

The birthday card was very well received, thank you very much. The embossing made a huge impression on the birthday girl. Mission accomplished!

Stamp of Approval Beautiful World Birthday Idea - the Jurassic Crafter stampofapproval

It’s a Pattern Party!

Stampin Up Pals Blog Hop Pattern Party Floral Boutique Floral Phrases Wedding Anniversary Ideas - The Jurassic Crafter stampinupWho doesn’t love a party? And a pattern party, at that!!

Stripes, Florals, Plaids, Polka Dots, lions, and tigers, and bears, oh my! Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop Pattern Party for July 2016. We are thankful you stopped by to take a look at our new 2016 Blog Hop monthly themes.

Let’s get this party started!

This month we are featuring projects using our favorite Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper as well as coordinating embellishments. What we love about Stampin’ Up! is that they make it so easy to mix and match colors. And, the amazing selection of embellishments provides a wonderful finished look to our projects. We hope to provide you with lots of ideas and, most of all, that you enjoy our creations.

You may just be starting the Blog Hop or may have come from the previous link from the Line-up on the Pals Blog Hop listing shown below.  The full lineup will help you move along from blog to blog so you may see all the projects.

Floral Boutique Suite

One of my favorite color combinations is Night of Navy and Whisper White – probably because I love the contrast. It’s softer than black and white and yet it still makes a statement.  And my favorite product suite in the catalog is Floral Boutique, hands down! As an example of the beauty of Stampin’ Up! coordination, check out all the fabulous products in the suite (clicking on the image below will take you to my online store):

Pals Blog Hop Pattern Play Floral Boutique Floral Phrases Wedding Anniversary Ideas - The Jurassic Crafter stampinup

I know, mind blown, right? You can see why I couldn’t help myself!

For my blog hop project I decided to do a wedding/anniversary card. (Thanks to Dawn Olchefske for the inspiration). The detailed floral thinlits are the only product I didn’t use because I wanted to streamline the process as much as possible. I made multiples of this card for an upcoming event, one that I will elaborate on in the future. Interest piqued? 😉

Stampin Up Pals Blog Hop Pattern Party Floral Boutique Floral Phrases Wedding Anniversary Ideas - The Jurassic Crafter stampinup

Normally I don’t do much sponging when I’m creating, but to me this card just cried out for some. I simply sponged some Night of Navy around the edges of the smaller stamped image because I didn’t want to overwhelm my design.

If you want to see any of these products or any of our other fabulous product suites, simply click HERE to go to my online store.

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Thanks for visiting. Next up is Kalyn Shubnell at The Stamping Chronicles. Hope you enjoy our Pattern Party! To continue with the hop, please refer to the Blog Hop Line-up below. We hope to see you on next month’s Pals Blog Hop! 

Blog Hop Line-up:  

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  3. Jackie Diediker at Stampin’ Jackie
  4. Amy Hoptay at Craft Carnivore   ♥  Hey!! You’re right here!
  5. Kalyn Shubnell at The Stamping Chronicles
  6. Kim Jolley at Stampin’ Artfully
  7. Karen Gooch at Inker’s Workshop
  8. Pamela Sadler at stampin pink rose
  9. Sherrie Gross at Stampin’ Sunshine
  10. Karen Zaring Browning at Stamp With Me KZB
  11. Becky Volpp at InkBlossomwithBecky
  12. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin
  13. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  14. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards
  15. Laura Schollaart at Laura b’ Stampin’
  16. Lynn Tague at Beyond Beaches & Blessings
  17. Shannon Jaramillo at ShannonKayPaperie
  18. Pam Dotts at Clearly Southern Stampin’
  19. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  20. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  21. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  22. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  23. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  24. Rae Harper-Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts

Flourishing Phrases Sympathy Card

 A sympathy card is my least favorite card to make.

Stampin Up Flourishing Phrases Sympathy Card - the Jurassic Crafter #stampinup

Recently I lost my cousin. I don’t know why, but for some reason it really shook me up, beyond the usual sadness and grief. I think it’s because it really hit home how fleeting our time is here on earth, and yes, it made me feel my own mortality. My mother had only one sibling, a sister who was eight years younger than she was. My aunt had three girls, the eldest of whom is just a couple of years younger than me. These were the cousins that I grew up with, played with, had sleepovers with, spent Christmas Eve with until my mom’s mom passed and we were all adults.

My youngest cousin died first, a few years ago. Then my middle cousin died last week. So now my last cousin is my last cousin on that side of my family. Since we live five hundred or so miles apart I wanted to create a card for her that I hope she sees as my attempt to insert a bit of hope and love into her life.

Flourishing Phrases Sympathy Card

Stampin Up Flourishing Phrases Sympathy Card - the Jurassic Crafter #stampinup

Sometimes simplicity is the most poignant way to convey a shared sense of loss. Rather than a color palette of black I chose to go with Tip Top Taupe and Whisper White. The flourish and sentiments from this stamp set express precisely what I wanted to say. The greeting inside the card is lovely. “Praying that your heart will be lifted by the many loving thoughts that surround you today.”

Here is what the set looks like (clicking on the image will take you to my online store):

Stampin Up Flourishing Phrases Sympathy Card - the Jurassic Crafter #stampinupI urge you now to go and hug your loved ones and take time to enjoy this precious life that we’ve been given. I certainly will do the same!

Thank You Simply Said

Thank You.

Thank you. Two little words, but huge in meaning. They’re always nice to hear, but it’s even better to say them, as often as you can. There is much to be grateful for!

Stampin Up Cottage Greetings Thank You Idea - The Jurassic Crafter stampinupI wanted to reach out to a dear friend who means a lot to me. Purple is not usually one of my go-to colors, but for some reason it called my name! I used my copics on the blossoms, using a Peonies coloring sheet by Papertrey Ink. I have some lovely plaid paper from My Favorite Things, which I thought would be perfect with the bright purple, and I used a greeting from the Stampin’ Up! Cottage Greetings stamp set.

So thank you, dear friend, for being just who you are. Your friendship is a gift I shall always cherish!

Fun with Folds, a Criss Cross Card

Criss Cross, it’s a pocket card!

Recently I was totally wasting time browsing on Pinterest the other day and was reminded that are some fun folds out there for card making. And I came across (see what I did there?) a criss cross card. And because I was super lazy super smart I grabbed one of the previous My Paper Pumpkin kits to use, Pocketful of Cheer. I really love the colors in this kit, especially since it showcases one of the new In Colors, Emerald Envy. Up first, a little collage (because I was playing around on PicMonkey):

Criss cross card using Pocketful of Cheer My Paper Pumpkin Kit and Emerald Envy from Stampin' Up!

Let’s look at these a little closer, okay? Here is the “pocket” part of the criss cross card:

Criss cross card using Pocketful of Cheer My Paper Pumpkin Kit and Emerald Envy from Stampin' Up!I love the Emerald Envy – what a great color!

  • The base of the card is made from two of the card bases in the Pocketful of Cheer kit, and the striped strip of paper on the bottom also comes from the kit.
  • I heat embossed the big flower from Rose Wonder using white embossing powder.
  • I “watercolored” the rose with my aqua painter, and I used Flirty Flamingo ink for the blossom and Emerald Envy for the leaves.
  • I fussy cut the rose and attached it to the front of the criss cross card.
  • For a bit of pizzazz I used the Emerald Envy Enamel Dots.

I made the insert using more pieces from the kit and some Emerald Envy card stock:

browsingAnd I just realized while looking at this that I have the patterned paper square going in the wrong direction. Oh well, now it’s even more unique, right? Before you ask, let me point out some things I used that are not from the Pocketful of Cheer kit:

  1. the balloon stamp
  2. the happy birthday stamp
  3. I made the bow with a piece of Emerald Envy card stock and the Bow Builder Punch.

The stamps are both from a different My Paper Pumpkin kit. I did, however, use one of the envelopes in the kit, and made a few adjustments so everything would fit.

Criss cross card using Pocketful of Cheer My Paper Pumpkin Kit and Emerald Envy from Stampin' Up!Hooray! The flowers are pointing in the right direction! Success!

So there you have it: my first Criss Cross card. I will work on a tutorial so you can make one too, okay? In the meantime, here are the supplies:

 

HEY! YOU! Don’t go yet. Don’t you want to get your own My Paper Pumpkin? Click HERE for more info!

Father’s Day Recap: what I didn’t get to post

Father’s Day 2016 …

… it came and went so quickly! I didn’t have a chance to show you the cards I made!

The first card was for my son-in-law, who is a first-time dad this year, and the other was for my husband, who has been a dad for a whole lot longer. 😉  Father’s Day weekend was also alumni weekend at Hiram College in Ohio, so hubby and I trekked over there and took care of our little grandson for the night while his parents reunited with their college friends to celebrate their ten-year reunion.

Here’s the card I made for my son-in-law:

 

Stampin Up My Paper Pumpkin May 2016 Father's Day Idea - The Jurassic Crafter stampinup

I love easy … like Oprah loves bread.

I am so glad I had the My Paper Pumpkin kit on hand.  It gave me a chance to create a very unique card.

  • First, the card base. This is one of the two bases that came with the kit. (this is from the May 2016 kit, which is still available)
  • Next, I cut a piece of Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper to attach behind the card front. You could substitute ANY patterned paper behind the card front, by the way.
  • Then I stamped the greeting from the Guy Greetings stamp set (in the new In Color, Dapper Denim).
  • And finally, for a bit of jazz, I used a few of the stars from the In Colors 2016-18 Enamel Dots.

This card was pretty simple, it required very few products, but it packs a big punch.

 This is the card I made for my hubby. I had made the card front previously, but I went back and stamped a greeting on the inside. This card features a tiny bit of double time stamping, as well.
Father's Day Collage using Guy Greetings from Stampin' Up!And here are my supplies:

Time to put a cap on (in?) graduation

Graduation – it’s done!

Recently we traveled to Washington, DC to attend the hooding ceremony for my daughter’s PhD graduation. Seven long years and all she got was this hood – which she had to pay for herself! Haha! She opted to attend just the hooding ceremony instead of the actual graduation ceremony for a couple of reasons, not the least of which was that this ceremony is much more personal, and she was flying out to attend a conference the morning of the big ceremony. I’m glad she chose this one, too. GW has their graduation on the Mall, that huge expanse of grass between the Capitol and the Lincoln Memorial. Glad we could skip the traffic and the endless walking!

graduation picture may 12, 2013 PhD(She graduated from George Washington University with a PhD in Biomedical Sciences: Virology and Immunology, in case you were wondering). Of course, all hubby could say was Pile it Higher and Deeper. Yes folks, he’s a class act. Luv ya, Hon…

Anyway, ya gotta mark the occasion, and since she and I both love cats, I though this little feline was appropriate:

graduation picture may 12, 2013 PhD

I really enjoy making shaker cards, and I had some fun metallic glitter from Stampin’ Up! that I thought would make for perfect shaking ingredients.  It’s also a top folding card, which I know is hard to tell in this picture. I thought about using Copic markers on the cat, but I opted to leave it just the way it is cause I was going for the black and white effect.

Now I’m just hoping that this is the last graduation for a long, long while. 🙂

 

This post is brought to you by the letter B

Letter B Blog Hop Badge in Cucumber CrushThe letter B stands for:

Blog

We are thankful you stopped by to take a look at our new 2016 Blog Hop monthly themes.  This month we are featuring projects that are based on “B“ themes such as Birthday, Bride or Baby. We hope to provide you with lots of ideas and that you enjoy our creations.

You may just be starting the Blog Hop or may have come from the previous link from the Line-up on the Pals Blog Hop listing shown below.  The full lineup will help you move along from blog to blog so you may see all the projects.

The letter B stands for:

Babies

Letter B for Baby card

Indeed it does. And babies are on my mind these days, because there is a new one in our family. And I just love the onesie in this stamp set, Made with Love (click here),  so I had to use it in both its striped and plain versions. And that brings me to my next B:

The letter B stands for:

Borrowed

I really can’t take credit for this design, however, because I borrowed it from the 2016-17 Annual Catalog on page 59. I chose different colors for my design, though. And I didn’t emboss anything (the letter L stands for lazy, in this case). I really like the combination of So Saffron and Pool Party inks. Up next:

The letter B stands for:

Birthday

Before I know it my little grandson will be a year old, so I decided to use the same color palette as the previous card to make him a birthday card. Months in advance. Better to be prepared, I say. I found a very cute card on Pinterest (credit to Renee Lynch) and just fell in love with it, so here is my take on her original design:

Letter B is for Birthday

And that will take us to our final letter B:

The letter B stands for:

Background

My only problem with CASE-ing the design was that I don’t have any of the new Designer Series Paper yet. So I made my own background simply by stamping a piece of plain cardstock and using it in place of the DSP (Designer Series Paper). I used the branch stamp from the Number of Years set (click here) for a soft look behind the number 1 – Number of Years is also one of my favorite stamps. Yes, they are like my children. I confess. They are all my favorite. And now I’m going to sneak in one extra letter B:

BYE!

Thanks for visiting. To continue with the hop, please refer to the Blog Hop Line-up below. We hope to see you on next month’s Pals Blog Hop! 

Blog Hop Line-up:  

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Nicole Everitt at Stamp Scrap Love
  3. Natalie Bradley at NatalieBradley.com
  4. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  5. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stampin’ Habit!
  6. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  7. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  8. Kim Jolley at Stampin’ Artfully
  9. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  10. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin’
  11. Jackie Diediker at Stampin’ Jackie
  12. Diane Roberts at Score at Four and a Quarter
  13. Karen Zaring Browning at Stamp With Me KZB
  14. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  15. Peggy Noe at prettypapercards
  16. Rae Harper-Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  17. Pam Dotts at Clearly Southern Stampin’
  18. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  19. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts By Patti
  20. Jane Knudsen at see jane stamp
  21. Kalyn Shubnell at The Stamping Chronicles
  22. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  23. Sherrie Gross at Stampin’ Sunshine
  24. Becky Volpp at Inkblossomwithbecky
  25. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  26. Amy Hoptay at CraftCarnivore    ♥  Last, but not least, surely…you are right here!