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 |

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 |

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 |

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.

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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 |

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 |

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 |

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 

Paper Cuts

Paper Cuts Blog Post the Jurassic CrafterWelcome to the August 2017 Pals’ Blog Hop. Thank you so much for joining us today. This month we’re going to “Cut It Out.” Participants will be featuring projects with “cuts” from punches, dies, Framelits, Edgelits, or Thinlits. 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.

Paper Cuts

Today I’ve got a cute little pocket you can use any time of the year, but for our purposes today I was thinking along the lines of a project you could put together quickly and send to school with your kids to give as a gift for your favorite teachers. Fortunately, no fingers were harmed in the making of this project, which is why I’m happy that the only paper cuts achieved were with the proper tools!

Paper Cuts Pals Blog Hop the Jurassic Crafter

What I love about the Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper here is that it can be used for anyone, since it’s a neutral green.  I decided to use Emerald Envy for my stamping so it would stand out. After all, those little stitches are just too cute! This project goes together fairly easily, since the Pocket Framelits do most of the work.

Paper Cuts Pals Blog Hop the Jurassic Crafter

The sentiment, from the Eastern Beauty stamp set, looks really cute on the Whisper White circle, whose stitches mirror those of the pocket.

Paper Cuts Pals Blog Hop the Jurassic Crafter

And the shred? Easy: I made it with my Stampin’ Trimmer and some scraps of Emerald Envy!

Paper Cuts Pals Blog Hop the Jurassic Crafter

The finishing touch: a sweet little bow in Lemon Lime Twist. If you haven’t worked with this finely woven ribbon, in the new Annual Catalog, I highly recommend you do so.

Paper Cuts Pals Blog Hop the Jurassic CrafterNow just add a mini pen and a Starbucks gift card. And there you have it! As always, if you want to find the Stampin’ Up! products I’ve shown you today, just look for the product list at the end of this post, right after the Blog Hop line-up.

Now get out there and do something creative today. P.S. Please take a minute to mark your calendar for our next hop on September 13, 2017. Now hop along using the Blog Hop Line-up below. Thank you so much for hopping with the Stampin’ Pretty Pals today. Don’t forget to leave us a comment. We’d love to hear what you have to say about our creative “Cuts.”

Here is the list of products used today:

Pool Party Palooza

It may be almost time to go back to school but that doesn’t mean we can’t have a Pool Party. Not of the swimming variety, mind you, but of the stamping variety.

Pool Party Palooza Part One

Today’s offering is a stunning card in Basic Black and Pool Party.

Pool Party Palooza by the Jurassic Crafter

See what I mean about the Designer Series Paper here? It’s so beautiful you really don’t need to add much to produce a gorgeous card. There isn’t a current embossing powder that coordinates with this palette, especially on Basic Black, so I pulled out my retired Calypso Coral Stampin’ Emboss Powder to stamp the sentiment and laurel.

Pool Party Palooza by the Jurassic Crafter

That Pool Party ⅜” Shimmer Ribbon – can’t get enough of it! And here I paired it with the Basic Black ⅜” Shimmer Ribbon from the same suite. Sparkly and fun!

Pool Party Palooza by the Jurassic Crafter

All this goodness is available for you to purchase any time day or night. Clicking on any of the supplies listed below will take you directly to my online store.

Next up: a Pals’ Blog Hop!

  Supply List for creating this card

Calypso Coral Stampin' Emboss Powder

Calypso Coral Stampin’ Emboss Powder


Christmas in August

Starting August 1 you can order the pre-release of the Carols of Christmas stamp set and matching Framelits. And for us as demonstrators, yesterday was the first day we could order from the new Holiday catalog. So yes, I guess you can say, it’s

Christmas in August!

The Artisan Design Team for Stampin’ Up! has whipped up some amazing creations with the new Carols of Christmas – so today I’d like to share with you some of their beautiful artwork. Today’s Artisan Team member is Dani Dziama. These are amazingly beautiful. Christmas in August indeed!

Christmas in August with Carols of Christmas
I love the use of the Pink Pirouette in the first card. The layers in Deck the Halls are stunning, especially the scored background with the Basic Pearls. And don’t you love the Cherry Cobbler stitched ribbon?

Christmas in August featuring Carols of ChristmasI’m just loving the use of non-traditional colors here. That’s the Sheet Music background stamp on the Peace on Earth card.

Christmas in August featuring Carols of ChristmasOn the last card if you look really close you can see that Dania has used the Marbled background stamp. She made her own tree with Pink Pirouette cardstock and then covered it in glue and glitter. Brilliant!Christmas in August highlighting the Artisan Desisgn TeamSo if you can’t wait till September, and if you have your Bonus Days shopping coupons, then you might want to move this set to the top of your wish list. It’s never too soon to get started on those holiday cards. 😉

Now go forth and do something creative today!

Here are the links for this set, in cling mount and in wood, as well as the matching Framelits. And don’t forget, buying the products as a bundle will save you 10%!


Carols of Christmas – Now Available

Pattern Party 2017

Pattern Party 2017

Welcome to the July 2017 Pals Blog Hop. Thank you so much for joining us today. This month we’re having a Pattern Party! Hoppers will feature projects using their favorite Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper and coordinating embellishments. After all, color coordination is a Stampin’ Up! Strength.

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

Pattern Party 2017

“Welcome to the party, Pal!” That’s a movie quote; any guesses as to who said it and in what movie? Just thought I’d toss out a little trivia while you’re hopping today.

Sometimes it can be really hard to work with patterns. I know I certainly struggle when I’m trying to coordinate my clothing. (Fail). What’s great about the Designer Series Paper from Stampin’ Up! is that they’ve done all the hard work for you. Every single pack of designer paper has a “recipe” of matching colors so you can never go wrong.

Another great thing about Designer Series Paper (we’re just gonna call it DSP for the rest of this post) is that it is so beautiful that you don’t even need to add anything to it. You can just use it right out of the package as a simple background on a card base and you could call it a day!

For my project today I want to share a card that I CASED from a lovely Canadian demonstrator, Sandi McIver. I think we’ve both fallen for the same DSP – and why not, it’s totally gorge!Pattern Party 2017 

I love the combination of Pool Party and Tranquil Tide,  don’t you? What makes this card so fun and breezy is that the DSP has done all the hard work. I simply highlighted the floral pattern by mounting it onto Tranquil Tide cardstock. I fussy cut the little flower that is on the left corner just above the sentiment – so basically the only stamping I did was putting the sentiment onto Whisper White cardstock with Tranquil Tide ink.

It makes a big visual impact but you don’t have to slave away for hours to make it. Is there anything better than that? I certainly don’t think so! The trick to making this card look so good is to cut the matting just a teeny bit bigger than the DSP and Whisper White cardstock. In this case, the border around both pieces is ⅛”.

Okay, enough about me. Get out there and do something creative today – even if it’s just going through this Blog Hop – that counts! Your next stop is Jeanie Stark at Just Stampin’. You’ll love her blog – she does beautiful work!

Here’s today’s Blog Hop lineup:

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  3. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat
  4. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  5. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  6. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
  7. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  8. Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojo
  9. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  10. Rae Harper-Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  11. Amy Hoptay at Craft Carnivore  You are here (metaphysically)
  12. Jeanie Stark at Just Stampin’
  13. Sara Stuart at Sentiments by Sara
  14. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  15. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  16. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  17. Su Mohr at Aromas and Art

Are you loving this card? You can get all the supplies you need right here:

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Looking for the trivia answer?  Bruce Willis as John McClane in Die Hard (the first movie in the series)

Bonus Days

They’re back, baby! Stampin’ Up! Bonus Days are here!

All through the month of July you will receive a $5 coupon for every $50 you spend – and that’s cumulative! Spend $100, get $10, spend $150 get $15, you get the idea. It’s just like Kohls’ cash! Spend now and get free stuff in August!

You will receive an email with a unique coupon code which you will enter online on any order you place in August.

Bonus Days


And what’s even better, Stampin’ Up! is giving you an early start on your Christmas cards – that’s right, you can order the Carols of Christmas stamp set next month, August, before it’s available in the Holiday Catalog in September!

Christmas in July

Here are some samples of this card set in action:

Bonus Days

There is also a coordinating set of framelits. And if you bundle the stamps and the dies you can save 10%. And if you have shopped in July and you have your Bonus Days coupon codes, you can redeem them to purchase that bundle!

So get those fingers warmed up and shop till you drop! You reach my online store here or click on “Shop” up above. You can even click on the picture in the sidebar to your right!

Now go forth, go shop, and do something creative today!

Christmas in July

There’s never been a better time to join Stampin’ Up!

Right now there is a special “Christmas in July” bonus:  the Essentials Gift Pack. This is a great bundle of products that you get for free when you join. FREE! That’s a $72 value right there! The starter kit is just $99, but you get to pick out $125 worth of crafting goodies. Add to that the Essentials Gift Pack, and that’s almost $200 in product for just $99. That’s a 50% savings. WOW!


Here is what you get in the gift pack:

Christmas in July


Christmas in July

Christmas in July

 Christmas in July

That’s a lot of crafting goodness – BUT WAIT! There’s more!

A brand-new, not yet released, Christmas stamp set!

Christmas in July

It’s Christmas in July, all right!

So if you’ve been on the fence about joining, just jump off and get in here now! And remember, there is NO obligation on your part. Get the kit and keep it, it’s yours. You never have to buy another thing if you don’t want.

But if you’re like most of us, you don’t want to miss out on the added savings that demonstrators get when purchasing for themselves: up to 25% off everything! Plus you get advance notice of special sales, catalog sneak peeks way before the general public, and best of all, you’ll meet some of the funnest people on the planet!!

Just click on “Join Today” above or click here to go right to the sign up page. You can sign up online and get started today.

And after you do that, you can do something really creative!

Happy Anniversary

It seems hard to believe, but I joined Stampin’ Up! five years ago! So I’m giving myself a high-five and a special shout of

Happy Anniversary!

In recognition of my five years I received a lovely thank you card from my upline, Mary Fish, and I thought I’d share it with you today:

happy anniversary

Inside this gorgeous card I found a pack of Stampin’ Dimensionals. You are too sweet, Miss Mary! So now I say “thank you” back to you!

Here’s some info about the card:

  • the color palette is Tranquil Tide
  • the ribbon is the new ½” Finely Woven Ribbon (we’ve all been chuckling over the fact that we’ve all gone a little ribbon crazy over the luscious new trimmings in the Annual Catalog)
  • The sentiment is from the Thankful Thoughts set
  • That sweet little scalloped square is cut with the layering framelits
  • the patterned paper is from the Fresh Florals collection
  • the embellishments under the ribbon are White Perfect Accents

I gotta tell ya, nobody rocks a ribbon like Mary! So with that in mind, I challenge you to go and do something creative today – for me and for Miss Mary, haha!

Here are the supplies if you want to recreate this project:

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Hang Your Stocking

Ho, ho, ho! Sorry, I know it’s not even July, but we’re now closer to Christmas than away from it. Not trying to rub it in, but I want you to be prepared. No, I’m not listening to carols yet, but I know that sometimes we think about Christmas in July and so I thought I’d get a head start!

Ready to hang your stocking?

Not yet? No worries. This stamp set will do it for you.

hang your stocking

I used several tools for this, but making this card really didn’t take that long.  The cutting is mostly die cut, and it’s so easy to run card stock and embossing folders through the Big Shot.

  • The brick background is a Textured Impressions Embossing Folder called Brick Wall.
  • The squares and oval were all cut using the Stitched Shapes Framelits.
  • The pine branches were cut using one of the branch dies from the Pretty Pines Thinlits.
  • The splatters were made with a stamp – so no artistic prowess needed for that, haha!

All of this loveliness sits on a standard A2 card base made with the Whisper White Thick Cardstock. Here’s another look at the cluster of shapes:

hang your stocking

I’ll be using this stamp set in a couple more posts this week, and I’ll highlight some of the newer products I’ve used in my designs.

Now I know it’s nice out, so get out there and do something creative today!

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