It’s a Family Affair … Pals’ Blog Hop April 2017

Pals Blog Hop April 2017 Eastern Palace Layout Stampin' Up! The Jurassic Crafter www.craftcarnivore.com

Welcome to the Families First Pals Blog Hop for April 2017.  We are thankful you stopped by to take a look at our 2017 Blog Hop monthly themes.  This month we are featuring projects that are all about our families. This is a great time of year to think about what to make for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, or upcoming graduations. And, family vacations are just around the corner… how would you want to remember those special family moments? We hope to provide you with lots of ideas and that you enjoy our creations.

You may just be starting the Blog Hop or you may have come from Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper, number 4 on the Pals Blog Hop listing shown below.  The full lineup will help you move along from blog to blog so you can see all the projects.

Family is not an important thing. It’s everything. ~ Michael J. Fox

Which is such a beautiful sentiment. And I really do love my family. But sometimes,

my family is just one tent away from a full-blown circus.

I know you feel me on that one! But today I want to focus on the newest part of my family, and here he is:

Pals Blog Hop April 2017 Eastern Palace Layout Stampin' Up! The Jurassic Crafter www.craftcarnivore.com

Isn’t he just too cute? That’s my grandson. Or are you amazed at the products I used to make my layout? You are seeing one of the new In Colors from the next Annual Catalog, Lemon Lime Twist. And that’s the Eastern Palace Suite of paper and embellishments that you’re drooling over. I am over the moon about the gold vinyl stickers that you can get to complement your designs. Makes you really long for June 1st, doesn’t it? (But keep reading, there’s a surprise in store).

Dinos rule!

I hope you noticed the design on my grandson’s little pants … yup, the Jurassic Crafter made darn sure that the little one had something with a dinosaur on it. Duh! We were out in the backyard at my daughter’s house blowing bubbles. I have wanted to do a layout for a while now and when I saw the new colors I knew just what I wanted to do.

I only ran into two problems:

  • As I sat crafting I kept wishing that the blue color in this color combo had already been released so I could use it in my layout. It wasn’t until I had finished it and photographed it that I realized (with a smack to my head), that’s DAPPER DENIM, you big dummy. Oy! (For the uninitiated, Dapper Denim is one of the 2016-2018 In Colors that we already have).
  • Have you ever tried to find just the clear sequins in a tiny container that also contains white, gold, and black sequins? No? Well, I highly recommend it as a treatment for insomnia. But not for insanity. Just sayin’.

Before I let you go, I want you to know that Stampin’ Up! is releasing this beautiful Eastern suite early, so you will be able to order it for yourself beginning next month. Yay!

Thanks for visiting!

To continue with the hop, please click here to go visit my friend Nicole Watt, or refer to the Blog Hop Line-up below. We hope to see you on next month’s Pals Blog Hop! Until then, stay crafty, my friends!

Blog Hop Line-up:

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Lynn Tague at Beyond Beaches & Blessings
  3. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  4. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  5. Amy Hoptay at Craft Carnivore   ♥  This is your GPS. You are here.
  6. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat
  7. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  8. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  9. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  10. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  11. Karen Zaring Browning at Stamp With Me KZB
  12. Susan Itell at simplestampin.com
  13. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  14. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stampin’ Habit!
  15. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  16. Debbie Crowley at expressively deb…
  17. Lisa Pretto at InkBig Academy Stamps
  18. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  19. Becky Retzer at Just in Thyme by Becky Retzer
  20. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  21. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  22. Debra Simonis at Deb’s Stampin’ Grounds
  23. Rae Harper-Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  24. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  25. Shawn de Oliveira at ShawnStamps.com
  26. Rosanne Mulhern at Heartfelt Stamping
  27. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie
  28. Sara Hicks Stuart at Sentiments by Sara
  29. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  30. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards

Pals Blog Hop March 2017 – Spring Has Sprung

Pals Blog Hop March 2017Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for March 2017. We are thankful you stopped by to take a look at our 2017 Blog Hop monthly themes.  This month we are featuring Spring or Spring-related projects. We hope you enjoy our creations.

You may be just starting the Blog Hop with me or maybe you’ve just come from Debbie Crowley.  The full lineup is shown below and it will help you move along from blog to blog so you can see all the projects.

Sometimes when a new catalog comes out (I’m talking to you, Occasions 2017) or a new sale comes along (don’t think I didn’t notice you either, Sale-a-Bration) we forget that we have a year-long companion, the Annual Catalog. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love a new catty (#boughtthewholething) and who doesn’t love free (#gotduplicatesofeverySABfreebie), but once in a while it’s good to go back to the future.

Spring has sprung

Well, at least, I’m going to pretend that it has. And for my project I went through the AC (that’s Annual Catalog, for the uninitiated) and rediscovered Circle of Spring:

Pals Blog Hop 2017 #thejurassiccrafter #craftcarnivore #stampinup #circleofspring

My inspiration for this little beauty comes from a design by a fellow demo in the Netherlands, Ingrid Oudijk. Just thought it was too cute! Her projects are awesome but I have no idea what she is talking about on her page, though. I do not speak Dutch. Not a word. But hey, I can still look at the pictures. And a picture, as you know, can speak a thousand words. (But still, in Dutch).

Okay, Peeps, move along now. Time flies like an arrow and fruit flies like a banana. Enjoy the rest of the Hop and the rest of your day.

~ Amy, the Jurassic Crafter

Thanks for visiting. To continue with the hop, please click here to visit with Marilyn or you can 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. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  3. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  4. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  5. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  6. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  7. Becky Retzer at Just in Thyme by Becky Retzer
  8. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  9. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  10. Debbie Crowley at expressivelydeb…
  11. Amy Hoptay at Craft Carnivore
  12. Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’
  13. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin’
  14. Rae Harper-Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  15. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stampin’ Habit!
  16. Jeanie Stark at Just Stampin’
  17. Lynn Tague at Beyond Beaches & Blessings
  18. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  19. Lisa Pretto at InkBig Academy Stamps
  20. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  21. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations

Pals’ Blog Hop February 2017 Catalog CASE

Pals Blog Hop February 2017 Amy Hoptay, the Jurassic Crafter, CraftCarnivore.comWelcome to the Pals Blog Hop for February 2017. We are thankful you stopped by to take a look at our 2017 Blog Hop monthly themes.  This month we are CASE’ing a project shown in a current Stampin’ Up! catalog. After all, with the Annual, Occasions and Sale-a-Bration catalogs available right now, there is much inspiration from which to choose. We hope 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.

What on earth is CASE?

I’m so glad you asked! While there are many interpretations of CASE, the one I live by is Copy And Share Everything. For today’s project I decided to CASE a card I found in the Sale-a-Bration catalog. Sale a who? Well, once a year Stampin’ Up! spoils us all by giving us FREE product for every $50 we spend. Oh, and it’s cumulative, meaning that if you spend $100, you get two free items. This most happy time of year is called Sale-a-Bration. The products you chose from are in a special catalog that is only available from January 4 through March 31. Guess what, Stampin’ Up! is adding three more fabulous items for you to choose from on February 21! Yay!

Pals Blog Hop February 2017 Amy Hoptay, the Jurassic Crafter, CraftCarnivore.com

I really love this FREE stamp set called Avant Garden. It is so delicate and so versatile. I used Peekaboo Peach for the flowers, stamping once with regular inking and then by stamping off a couple of times. LOVE Peekaboo Peach! You can find this and many other amazing products by shopping at my online store.Click HERE to go check it out.

No witty repartee this time, my friends. I’m under the effects of a head cold and my brain is like cotton. Umm, maybe more like polyester and spandex that got washed and dried too many times. Until next time – stay crafty, my friends!

 

Thanks for visiting. To continue with the hop, please click HERE to go to see what Susan Itell is up to or refer to the Blog Hop Line-up below. We hope to see you on next month’s Pals Blog Hop! 

  1. Mary at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  3. Michelle Quinno at Shell Stamps
  4. Rae Harper-Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  5. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  6. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  7. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  8. Amy Hoptay at Craft Carnivore   You are here, and I approve this visit …
  9. Susan Itell at simplestampin.com
  10. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stampin’ Habit!
  11. Kim Jolley at Stampin’ Artfully
  12. Karen Gooch at Inker’s Workshop
  13. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  14. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  15. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  16. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  17. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  18. Karen Zaring Browning at Stamp With Me KZB
  19. Lynn Tague at Beyond Beaches & Blessings
  20. Shawn de Oliveira at ShawnStamps.com
  21. Angela Curry at Kindred Stampers
  22. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat
  23. Jeanie Stark at Just Stampin’
  24. Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’
  25. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  26. Becky Retzer at Just in Thyme

Stampin’ Up! Dragonfly Dreams Sympathy Card

You probably don’t think that a set of stamps called Dragonfly Dreams can lend itself to making a sympathy card, but I think I found just the right touch here by using the dragonfly on a soft water-colored background.

Dragonfly Dreams Sympathy Card

I used the Playful Palette Designer Series Paper Stack for the background. Again, probably not a color group you think of for this kind of card. I put a piece of the Playful Palette Washi tape across the bottom just for some fun color. But I really enjoyed using the new watercolor pencils to create my background. I just lightly penciled three colors in swatches down the paper and then used the aqua painter to blend them all together.

Yes, Virginia, these Dragonfly Dreams succeeded!

I sent this card to one of my daughter’s friends who recently lost her grandfather. This friend’s mother is a professional artist, and her mother commented on the background by asking “where did she get the water-colored paper background?” Score one for Stampin’ Up!, the pencils, and some H2O! I love when a plan comes together, haha!

Until next time, stay crafty, my friends!  Amy

Dragonfly Dreams or Oh, Bee-Have!

When I first saw this new Dragonfly Dreams bundle in the Spring Occasions catalog, I thought, “not impressed.” But then, as usually happens, I began seeing projects all over the place made with this set and sort of, kind of, fell a little bit in love with it! In particular the little bee. My Kate is all about bees, and she was thrilled when she saw the card I made:

Dragonfly Dreams Bee-Have! the Jurassic Crafter CraftCarnivore  #stampinup #dragondlydreams

A dragonfly, a dream, and a bee (no, they did not walk into a bar)

I tried a masking technique for this project: First I took some paper strips and made a square on the front of the card so I could stamp over the edges of the square.  I stamped the bee first, and then made a mask by cutting around the bee thinlit, shown here:

Once I had my little guy covered up, I took a sponge dauber and my crushed curry ink pad and just kind of squished it all over the square I had made by masking off the paper, stamping off in between so I had a range of shades. Once I was done I matted the card front with Basic Black. I then attached it to a regular 4¼″ x 5½″ card base in Daffodil Delight.

I sent this off as a thank you card to a good friend who always spoils me at Christmas time. We have been friends forever and have never learned how to “bee-have.” Obviously, the best kind of friend to have!

Hope you enjoyed the buzz. 🙂  Amy

Stampin’ Up! Retired Products Baby Girl Card

A good friend of mine is expecting her first female grandchild at the end of this month, so I was really excited about having a chance to make a baby girl card. I have always been a fan of pink (OMG, who doesn’t love pink?  ~ I don’t want to know, so don’t answer … 😉 ) so I pulled out some of my retired Stampin’ Up! products and here is the result:

Baby Girl Card by the Jurassic Crafter for CraftCarnivoreI love the look of pink and gray together, in this case Pink Pirouette and Smoky Slate. This is a total CASE of a card I found on Pinterest. I miss this stamp set, Zoo Babies. It’s always been one of my favorites for baby cards.

** note: my iPad is suddenly taking very blurry pictures, so I apologize for the poor image quality here. **

I also used Bitty Banners here for the “sweet baby” sentiment, and Banner Blast for the little banners for the bunting. It’s hard to tell, but I punched the smaller star out of Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper.

And for the inside of this pretty-in-pink baby girl card:

I wanted to make the inside of the card as pretty as the front, so here is what I came up with:

Baby Girl Card by the Jurassic Crafter for CraftCarnivore

I really tried to clean up these photos more but I don’t think I improved them much. Sad face. But I know that the recipient loved her card, and now I can’t wait to meet that sweet little baby. Dressed in pink, of course!

Until next time, stay crafty, my friends!   ~ Amy

This Pals’ Blog Hop is from the Heart

Welcome to the Pals’ Blog Hop for January 2017. We are thankful you stopped by to take a look at our 2017 Blog Hop monthly themes. This month our projects showcase themes that are From the Heart. This includes any of the following themes… Valentine’s Day, Thinking of You, Get Well and/or Sympathy. 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 Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom, number 3 in 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.

Roses are red, violets are blue, have I got a Suite looking card just for you!

Pals Blog Hop January 2017Folks, just go with it. You know it’s gonna happen, so just smile (cringe) and move on! 😉

So back to the Hop: I went head over heels for the Sending Love Suite in the new Occasions catalog. Have you looked at it yet? WHAT? I can’t hear you … OK, phew! I’m glad you’re with me. That puppy is packed full with some truly amazing products, don’t you think? (Nod your head).

That being the case, I loaded up my card with as many of these Suite products as I had on hand. I adore the teeny tiny envelopes. I am gaga for the thinlits that cut out the teeny tiny inserts for the teeny tiny envelopes.

Can you tell that I used the new Falling Petals embossing folder as a stamp to make the little white hearts falling on the card front?

Don’t you love how you can manipulate our photopolymer stamps to do things like make a curved line of teeny hearts out of a straight stamp?

And yes, good people, you may rejoice. The Stitched Shapes Framelits will once again be available to order (give a rebel yell)! That’s one of the circle ones on my card.

So, from the heart comes my wish for you:

As you slide down the banisters of life may the splinters never point the wrong way.

Until next time, stay thirsty, my friends! Amy

Thanks for visiting. To continue with the hop, go visit Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’ or 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. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin’
  2. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  3. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  4. Amy Hoptay at Craft Carnivore ♥♥♥♥♥
  5. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  6. Staci Rivera at Clever Bow Tie Designs
  7. Nancy Gleason at My Stampin Place
  8. Debbie Crowley at expressively deb…
  9. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  10. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie
  11. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  12. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  13. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  14. Lynn Tague at Beyond Beaches & Blessings
  15. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stampin’ Habit!
  16. Sara Hicks Stuart at Sentiments by Sara
  17. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  18. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping

Pals Blog Hop December 2016 Sparkles and Shines

Pals Blog Hop December 2016Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for December 2016. We are thankful you stopped by to take a look at our new 2016 Blog Hop monthly themes.  This month our projects showcase products that can add sparkle and/or shine for a finishing touch. 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, Nicole Watt.  The full lineup will help you move along from blog to blog so you may see all the projects.

Who doesn’t love a little glitz and glamour?

If you raised your hand, you’re excused. Seriously? How can you not love a little sparkle and shine, especially at this time of year.

Oh, Scrap!

Ya know, you can hold on to all those teeny tiny little pieces of paper you have left from all that Designer Series Paper, or you can take those little gremlins and turn them into tags. You can even, if you happen to be a hoarder like me (and I say that with pride), you can even use those little snippets of ribbon you have saved in a big plastic bag. Yes, Virginia, we can save all those things and still come out smelling like a rose.

Pals Blog Hop December 2016

So I had all these pieces parts of Candy Cane Lane DSP lying around and decided to use them up by making some gift tags. And I couldn’t resist using the Cookie Cutter Christmas bundle to make them. But when I got done, they all looked just so sad and dreary.

Glimmer Paper to the rescue!

Dazzling Diamonds? Got it. Glimmer Red? Well, yeah, you got me there. It’s retired. But hey, I’m using up those scraps, so just go with it.

Pals Blog Hop December 2016

Rudolph really does have a shiny nose now. Yay!

Pals Blog Hop December 2016

See that smile on the gingerbread man? Well, trust me, until he got that bow tie upgrade that smile was a FROWN! Everybody looks happier with a little bit of sparkle. Don’t we all?

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. Have a very happy Christmas and a joyous New Year, my friends!

Amy

 

“Tags” for visiting. (it’s a disease)  To continue with the hop, click to go to  Lynn Tague or refer to the Blog Hop Line-up below. We hope to see you on next month’s Pals Blog Hop! 

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  3. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stampin’ Habit
  4. Staci Rivera at Clever Bow Tie Designs
  5. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  6. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  7. Karen Zaring Browning at StampWithMeKZB.com
  8. Jeanie Stark at Just Stampin’
  9. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  10. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  11. Becky Volpp at InkBlossomwithBecky
  12. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  13. Angela Curry at Kindred Stampers
  14. Sherrie Gross at Stampin’ Sunshine
  15. Kalyn Shubnell at The Stamping Chronicles
  16. Kim Jolley at Stampin’ Artfully
  17. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  18. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  19. Debbie Crowley at expressively deb…
  20. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  21. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat
  22. Amy Hoptay at Craft Carnivore    Yo! Here’s where you’re at!
  23. Lynn Tague at Beyond Beaches & Blessings
  24. Rae Harper Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts