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Party Pandas for the Pals’ Blog Hop

Party Pandas Pals' Blog Hop Jan 2018

Welcome to the Pals’ January 2018 Blog Hop. Our theme this month is “From the Heart” featuring heartfelt projects like Valentine’s Day, Thinking of You, Get Well, and Sympathy. Whether you’re just starting the hop, or you’ve just visited the blog of Peggy Noe, you’ll find the complete blog line-up at the end of my post to help you move along.

So I had this idea in my head to use the Party Pandas stamp set for a Valentine’s Day card using the Marbled background stamp. Now that I’ve finished it I’ve decided to call it the Psychedelic Party Pandas card, because with the marbled background it looks a little “out there” to me. And I say that with love. 😉

And if I didn’t think Hubby would care, I might be tempted to make some Lemon-Lime Twist sunglasses to put on this little guy and throw some of the new Tutti-Frutti adhesive backed sequins all over the card base. But I reigned in my crazy (dang) and here’s the final product:

Party Pandas for the Pals' Blog Hop

I happen to love the color pink, but I didn’t want to overwhelm the rest of the card so I stamped off once to keep the color a bit lighter. Now everybody say “Awww”, cause those Party Pandas are da bomb! And right now you can get them FREE during the Sale-a-Bration event.

Party Pandas

Just these products alone when purchased will get you those adorable Party Pandas (or a bunch of other things if CUTE isn’t your style)! JK

Party Pandas for the Pals' Blog Hop

There are so many fun products this year for Sale-a-Bration. Click here to see the new Spring products and here to see the Sale-a-Bration items you can get free with your purchase. Thank you so much for hopping with the Stampin’ Pretty Pals today. Please take a minute to mark your calendar for our next hop on February 14, 2018. (Oooh, Valentine’s Day!) Now hop along using the Blog Hop Line-up below, or click Jackie Beers to visit the next blog.

Don’t forget to leave us a comment. We really like that. 🙂

      1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
      2. Becky Retzer at Just in Thyme Crafts
      3. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
      4. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
      5. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stampin’ Habit!
      6. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
      7. Rae Harper-Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
      8. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
      9. Jeanie Stark at Just Stampin’
      10. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
      11. Rosanne Mulhern at Heartfelt Stamping
      12. Pamela Sadler at Stampin’ Pink Rose
      13. Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojo
      14. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
      15. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards
      16. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
      17. Kim Jolley at Stampin’ Artfully
      18. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
      19. Amy Hoptay at Craft Carnivore  Hey, you made it!
      20. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
      21. Su Mohr at Aromas and Art
      22. Sara Hicks Stuart at Sentiments by Sara
      23. Kat Chancellor at Stamp ART Connection
      24. Lori Pinto at LollyPop Paper and Ink
      25. Lisa Milligan at Stampin’ Made Simple
Silver Anniversary Card Pals' Blog Hop Dec 2017

Silver Anniversary Card

Silver Anniversary Card Pals' Blog Hop Dec 2017

Welcome to the Pals’ December 2017 Blog Hop featuring “All that Sparkles and Shines”. Whether you’re just starting the hop or have come from a previous Pal’s blog, you’ll find the line-up toward the end of my post to help you move along.

Today I’m going to give you a sneak peek at one of the new product bundles coming in the Occasions 2018 catalog. The stamp set is Cake Soirée and the coordinating dies are called Sweet Cake Framelits.

Okay, Stampin’ Up!, you had me at cake, let’s be real. The fact that this bundle is so incredibly beautiful is just the icing on the…well, you know. Cake. Here’s my silver Silver Anniversary card:

Silver Anniversary Card Pals' Blog Hop Dec 2017

Delicious, right? I LOVE the intricate floral design on the cake itself, and you really need to get the add-on kit that coordinates oh, so sweetly with this set. The delicate vellum accents are from the Sweet Soirée Embellishments Kit. I embossed the cake and the sentiment with Silver embossing powder and decided to just go with a monochrome look to the whole project. You will fall in love with this set once you see it for yourself, I promise.

Here’s another look, this time lying flat:

Silver Anniversary Card Pals' Blog Hop Dec 2017

Note: I used the numbers from a retired set, but the embellishment kit does indeed have two sheets of number sets included. I just liked the look of these better because they’re all silver.

Now go toddle on off to the next blog on the hop – I know it’s close to Christmas and you have tons to do. And don’t forget to do something creative today! (Following this blog hop does count!)

Thank you so much for hopping with the Stampin’ Pretty Pals today. Please take a minute to mark your calendar for our next hop on January 10, 2018. Hop along using the Blog Hop Line-up below, and don’t forget to leave us a comment! (We really like that.)

Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
Becky Retzer at Just in Thyme Crafts
Amy Hoptay at Craft Carnivore    It’s the circle of life, folks. You are here…
Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
Rae Harper Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
Kim Jolley at Stampin’ Artfully
Su Mohr at Aromas And Art
Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
Pamela Sadler at Stampin’ Pink Rose

Holiday tags 2017 the Jurassic Crafter at craftcarnivore.com #stampinup #craftcarnivore #holidaytags

Holiday Tags

Holiday Tags - Ideas and Inspiration on the Remarkable InkBig Blog Hop#stampinup #craftcarnivore #holidaytagsWelcome to the Remarkable InkBig Blog Hop for November 2017. This month our theme is Holiday Tags!  You may just be starting the blog hop here at my blog – Amy Hoptay at Craft Carnivore or you may have come from the person previous to me in the list. Maybe you even found me at the blog of the person after me on the hop! But if you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all the projects.

I LOVE holiday tags. I am a tagaholic, for sure. I mean, you saved all those teeny little pieces of card stock and Designer Series Paper for a reason, am I right? (Just go with it)!

Right after Halloween and after I’ve made my Thanksgiving cards I like to jump right in to making tags. Yes, I do make Christmas cards, but I need a little break between card-making holidays and tags fit the bill. Here are a handful of the tags I’ve created so far:

Holiday tags 2017 the Jurassic Crafter at craftcarnivore.com #stampinup #craftcarnivore #holidaytags

You’ll notice that I’ve used the Year of Cheer paper a few times – that’s because I had a lot of pieces left from making my carousel book (you can see it here).

Here’s a shaker tag I made with two of the leftover pieces:

Holiday tags 2017 the Jurassic Crafter at craftcarnivore.com #stampinup #craftcarnivore #holidaytags

Who doesn’t love a shaker tag? And here’s one of my favorites I made using the Star of Light stamp set and matching Starlight Thinlits with gold embossing. It’s like a little sandwich!

Holiday tags 2017 the Jurassic Crafter at craftcarnivore.com #stampinup #craftcarnivore #holidaytags

Scraps of Crumb Cake? Check. Here I used the Card Front Builder Thinlits and some Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper for added shine:

Holiday tags 2017 the Jurassic Crafter at craftcarnivore.com #stampinup #craftcarnivore #holidaytags

Thanks for taking part in our blog hop. There are so many amazing ideas and inspiration you won’t want to miss a single one!

Don’t forget, you are at my blog –Amy Hoptay at Craft Carnivore, so check the blog hop line up list to see who is next on the list.

Here are some of the products I used. Click the image to purchase right from my store!

Seasonal Bells

This week was the semi-annual gathering of Stampin’ Up! demos, which took place in Salt Lake City. One of the perks of being a demo is getting the chance to preview all the new products each time a catalog is released, and this week the Occasions catalog for Spring 2018 was highlighted. I know from having attended these events a couple of times that the fun, laughter, and friendship is non-stop. We do indeed now how to party!

Green with Envy

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to go to Salt Lake City, so one of my fellow demos organized a “green with envy” card swap for those of us who stayed home.  I should be getting my swaps back any day now, but I thought I would share with you the one that I put together for this swap.

Seasonal Bells

This lovely set made its debut last year in the Holiday catalog and was held over into the Annual Catalog. Here’s the set:

As you can see, it’s suitable for the holidays and for weddings. There is a matching punch, and the banner can be cut perfectly with the matching die from the Bunches of Banners framelits.

Here’s the card I came up with:

When I receive my swaps in the mail I will be sure to post them so you can see what everyone else came up with while feeling “green with envy!”

My next newsletter will include the tutorial for this card. Sign up now if you want in on it.
Now get out there and do something creative!

Here are the products I used:

Carousel Book Pals' Blog Hop November 2017 Amy Hoptay

Carousel Book | Pals’ Blog Hop

Carousel Book Pals' Blog Hop November 2017 Amy Hoptay

Welcome to the Pals’ November 2017 Blog Hop featuring some “Anything But a Card” projects. Thank you so much for joining us today. Sit back and enjoy the view while the Stampin’ Pretty Pals wow you with  projects like home décor items, gifts and 3-D items and  maybe even some card sets.

Whether you’re just starting the hop, or have come from a previous Pal’s blog, you’ll find the line-up toward the end of my post to help you move along.

W.C. Fields is credited with saying

«Never work with animals or children»

Today I am going to make my own quote:

«Never work with Glimmer Paper and Accordian Folds»

You know I love our Glimmer Paper more than my luggage, cause it’s tough and can take a beating, but for my project today I struggled with all the accordion folds needed for my Carousel Book. In addition, I was covered in Glimmer by the time I was done.


Carousel Book Pals' Blog Hop November 2017 Amy Hoptay

I went to Split Coast Stampers to find a 3-D project to share with you, and as soon as I saw this “Carousel Storyteller Book” by Bibiana I knew it was what I wanted to attempt. I’m pleased with how it turned out, and I think it’s going to look stunning sitting on my mantel at Christmas and through the holidays.

Carousel Book Insights

  • This is not for beginners. I’d say it took me between 12-15 hours worth of work.
  • I was determined to make the Carousel Book using only current Stampin’ Up! products, but caved on one of the panels where I stamped using our retired White Stazon ink. (Love that stuff). I also used ¾” Sookwang Tape for the cover.
  • I used Window Sheets to line the inside panels because I wanted to be able to “suspend” images as if by magic!
  • I’m thinking of attaching some Chibbi lights to the inside so I can illuminate it when I display it.

Construction Insights

  • Cut and fold all pieces before you get started. Assembly line production is a huge time saver.
  • You will need 2 packs of Designer Series Specialty Paper if you want to use the same card stock for the whole project.
  • You will need 2 packs of Glimmer Paper and 2 packs of Metallic Paper, all in Gold and Silver.
  • You will need to both watch Bibiana’s video AND read the step by step instructions because the video has no speaking and the step by step instructions aren’t complete.
  • I did not use a hot glue gun, as the instructions indicate, to attach the book to the cover, but the Sookwang tape I reference above.
  • No need to buy chipboard – I just used the cardboard that comes in the packs of Designer Series Paper.

Carousel Book Video

(Here you can see all the panels and the book closed and fully opened. It’s only about 70 seconds).

Thank you so much for hopping with the Stampin’ Pretty Pals today. Please take a minute to mark your calendar for our next hop on December 13, 2017. Now hop along using the Blog Hop Line-up below. Don’t forget to leave us a comment. (We really like that).



Here are the products I used; clicking on a link will take you to my online story

Wicked Folds Pals Blog Hop October 2017 the Jurassic Crafter craftcarnivore.com

Wicked Folds Folded Star

Wicked Folds Pals Blog Hop October 2017 the Jurassic Crafter craftcarnivore.comWelcome to the Pals’ October Blog Hop featuring some very “wicked folds.”

Thank you so much for joining us today. Sit back and enjoy the view while the Stampin’ Pretty Pals treat you with their wickedly folded projects. Whether you’re just starting the Hop or have come from a previous Pal’s blog, you’ll find the line-up toward the end of my post to help you move along.

Growing old is not for sissies, am I right? I only mention this because I have spent the last several weeks in physical therapy for various aches and pains. And I mention it here because my therapist is expecting her first baby in November and I wanted to make her an extra-special card to celebrate.

She’s having a girl. And I know she likes pink.

Wicked Folds Pals blog hop Oct 2017

And here is what it looks like when you open it up:

 

Wicked Folds Pals' Blog Hop October 2017

Now just so we don’t all get our knickers in a twist (talk about wicked folds!) and in full disclosure I used a couple of retired stamp sets for this project. But obviously you could use any stamp and any paper to do it. I just am still in love with these retired sets!

  • Card stock: Powder Pink
  • Designer Series Paper: Fresh Florals and Whole Lot of Lovely (this one is a fave, and available now in our Buy 3 get 1 Free sale all month)!
  • Fold Design: many thanks to “Beccy’s Place – the Blog” for a reference library full of lots and lots of fancy folds
  • Closing the card: the left flap folds down first, then the right, and then the bottom flap comes up and tucks under the left flap

Tips and Tricks:

  • This is not an easy fold to make, mostly because you need a 12 x 12 piece of card stock to make an equilateral triangle and it’s almost impossible to use a paper trimmer to make smooth edges, which means you need to do some hand cutting or use a craft knife. In addition, getting the Designer Series Paper cut just right to fit the various triangle-shaped and parallelogram-shaped  pieces was definitely a case of measure twice, cut many, many times! LOL
  • I think if I had had the time (and my husband’s engineering help) it would have been easier to do with more precise measurements in the instructions. (There were no measurements for the pieces of DSP, for example).

Now get out there, finish the Hop, and do something creative today!

Thank you so much for hopping with the Stampin’ Pretty Pals today. Please take a minute to mark your calendar for our next Hop on November 8, 2017. Now hop along using the Blog Hop line-up below.  Don’t forget to leave us a comment.



My Favorite season the jurassic crafter craftcarnivore.com

My Favorite Season

My Favorite Season Amy Hoptay the jurassic crafter craftcarnivore.comWelcome to the Pals’ September 2017 Blog Hop. Thank you so much for joining us today. This month our theme is “My Favorite Season.”  Sit back and enjoy the view while the Pals treat you with projects for the upcoming Autumn and Winter seasons.

Whether you’re just starting the hop, or have come from a previous Pal’s blog, you’ll find the line-up toward the end of my post to help you move along.

You know, asking me about my favorite season is like asking me about my favorite child: sometimes it’s all or none, haha! (Daughter #1, it’s you) But since I have to make a choice, I’m going with Fall, for two reasons: because that’s when my husband and I were married oh, so long ago. And because it’s the time of year we always took our family to the beach.

Okay, so maybe the first one doesn’t count; we’ll go with the second one. Luv ya, Honey! Really! More than my luggage!

My favorite season always includes coffee

Okay, down to business. You know, I never really felt the “coffee” trend. I downright ignored it for years. But I have to admit I overcame my prejudice with the Merry Café set in the new Holiday Catalog on page 46. Just check the end of this post for the list of supplies I’ve used today.

My Favorite Season Amy Hoptay the jurassic crafter craftcarnivore.com
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Do you remember the old commercial for Cheer detergent? (Just Google it, young’uns). As a play on words it was called “All Tempa-Cheer.” Remember? That’s kind of how I feel about this set – it’s so versatile, it’s All Seasonal. Okay, maybe it doesn’t have the same ring to it, but work with me. (Daughter #2, it’s you)

Here are my Fall samples. In subsequent posts I’ll share the other cards I made for other seasonal holidays. Who knows, maybe one of these will be the featured tutorial in my next newsletter!

My Favorite season the jurassic crafter craftcarnivore.com

Notice, also, that some of the new products in the catalog are also all seasonal, like the Foil Snowflakes in the card above and the leaf punch in the one below.

My favorite season the jurassic crafter craftcarnivore.com

And just in case you’re not into coffee, you can always grab a cuppa!

My favorite season the jurassic crafter craftcarnivore.com

Thank you so much for hopping with the Stampin’ Pretty Pals today. Please take a minute to mark your calendar for our next hop on October 11, 2017 for “Wicked Folds.” Now hop along using the Blog Hop Line-up below and don’t forget to leave us a comment. We’d love to hear what you have to say about our favorite seasons.  By the way, what is your favorite season? (Daughter #3, it’s you)

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Product List

Cool weather cool treats the jurassic crafter craftcarnivore.com

Cool Weather Cool Treats

So I know it’s September and all, but I wanted to give Summer one last hurrah. I had seen a really clever post on a Facebook group with this adorable little note card set and sweet gift box. The original design is from Brenda Quintana, but I have twisted it up a bit to make it more of my style.

Cool treats need a cool container

Cool weather cool treats the jurassic crafter craftcarnivore.com

When I saw that adorable awning I knew I had to make one. And I think it turned out really, well, you know, sweet! My primary color choice here is Watermelon Wonder, which is a retired color, but I wanted to use up some of the accessories I had left over from the Spring Occasions catalog in which this stamp set was featured. You can still get the stamps and the matching dies in the current catalog, btw.

Cool Treats

I filled the box with six note cards made with the Note Card and Envelopes set, in Whisper White. Here is the assortment:

Cool Treats the jurassic crafter craftcarnivore.com

I’m really happy with the way these turned out, and they’ll make an adorable little gift for just about anyone. I’m a little sad that the coordinating washi tape that I used here is no longer available. I did, though, use some of the Year of Cheer washi tape on the awning and the Popsicle card, lower right. You can see the complete Year of Cheer suite by going to the Holiday Catalog store – click below or click on the picture in the sidebar.

Be sure to check back later this week for the next Blog Hop. You’ll see lots of new projects that feature the newest products from the Holiday Catalog. Don’t have a catalog? Just click here to go right to the online store and check out the amazing new products. They’ll take you from Fall to Halloween through Christmas and Winter. Go fall in love!!

And for goodness sake, get out there and do something creative today! And enjoy some cool treats!

i am groot

Christmas Sparkle | the Jurassic Crafter | craftcarnivore.com

Christmas Sparkle

Okay, I know, you don’t want any more reminders that Christmas is coming, Winter is coming, or that summer is over. Hey, I’m with you! Long live Summer! Long live Fall! But I just want to wow your eyeballs with some fun Christmas sparkle. I’ve combined a couple of stamp sets and coordinating framelits for this project. The sentiment and the pine boughs are from the Pretty Pines Christmas suite, everything else is from Hang Your Christmas Stockings suite.

Christmas Sparkle | the Jurassic Crafter | craftcarnivore.com

I love the new In Colors, and here I’ve used them all for the colored stockings.  And check out that sparkle: Copper embossing powder, rhinestones, and some of our new Gold Faceted Gems.

Christmas Sparkle | the Jurassic Crafter | craftcarnivore.com

This would be a great card for someone who likes non-traditional colors but that also satisfies your own personal taste for more traditional fare!

Christmas Sparkle | the Jurassic Crafter | craftcarnivore.com

I need to work on embossing with the Copper powder.

Tip: I think I got my heat gun a little too close – and perhaps I didn’t have enough powder on the paper. So be careful to keep your heat at a safe distance from the image you’re embossing. Once it’s completely filled out you can also go back right away and sprinkle more powder on and then reheat.

I also want to point out the lovely stenciled background. No, it isn’t a stamp, it’s one of our new stencils, and all I did was put the card front underneath the stencil and dabbed over it with a sponge and some Basic Gray ink.

Tip: Be sure to use some kind of repositionable adhesive to hold the stencil and paper down. I used some Washi tape, but you can use Painter’s tape, correction tape, etc. Keeps everything neat and lined up correctly.

Now let’s see what you can do when you get out there and do something creative!

You can make your own Christmas sparkle by using this handy list of products that I used today.

Product List

Pool Party Palooza part two | the Jurassic Crafter | craftcarnivore.com

Pool Party Palooza Pt. 2

As promised, here is the second installment of my Pool Party Palooza. This time, however, it really is all about the color, as this project is a cute little tag that you can use at Christmas time.

Pool Party Palooza part two | the Jurassic Crafter | craftcarnivore.com

Once again I’ve pulled out the Hang Your Stockings bundle, which was originally featured in last year’s Holiday Catalog and was “promoted” this year to the Annual Catalog. Hooray! So if you have a craving for crafting something for Christmas you can check out the Holiday section of the catalog and check out the selection of Christmas stamps, dies, and bundles.

TIP: the next Holiday catalog goes live on September 1, 2017. Any bundles in there that catch your eye are worth considering for purchase, as once they transition to the Annual Catalog (if they do so) they’re no longer available as a bundle. So you can save yourself 10%!

Back to our Pool Party Palooza:

For this tag I paired the Pool Party with some Smoky Slate card stock. The circle element behind the stockings (stamped in Pool Party) has a scalloped circle cut from Sweet Sugarplum card stock, and the stitched circle on top of that is cut from Sahara Sand.

Pool Party Palooza part two | the Jurassic Crafter | craftcarnivore.com

The Noel element is a die cut from the coordinating set of dies, Christmas Stockings, and after I cut it I adhered it to the Smoky Slate piece of the tag and then trimmed the ends of before attaching the tag to the Pool Party base.

Pool Party Palooza part two | the Jurassic Crafter | craftcarnivore.com

TIP: Sometimes when you cut out your framelits you get little bumps or ridges on your card stock, so much so that sometimes your paper looks like it has polka dots on it. No worries! Just grab your bone folder and gently rub the bone folder across the card stock. You may also need to flip the die cut over on the reverse side and repeat that process.

Now get out there and do something creative today, okay?

Here is today’s supply list