Holiday Tags

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 #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 a carousel book.

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

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

Holiday Carousel Book

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 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.

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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

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

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.

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

i am groot

Paper Cuts

Paper Cuts: who hasn’t had one? But this one won’t hurt!

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 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 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 the Jurassic Crafter

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

Paper Cuts the Jurassic Crafter

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

Paper Cuts the Jurassic Crafter

Now just add a mini pen and a Starbucks gift card. And there you have it!

Now get out there and do something creative today.

B is for Book

B is for Book

So I’ve told you that my favorite new product suite is the Birthday Delivery set, right? While I sat brainstorming (aah, another B), I kept thinking about how the art work in that suite would be perfect for a children’s book. Oh, right, Book begins with B! Problem solved! (And while we’re on the topic, I think the little critters in this suite could be right out of something by Richard Scarry).

Well, I am a librarian, after all, so Book it is.  A Squash Book, that is. Yup, one of those all folded up types that seems impossible to get back together once you’ve opened it, am I right?

I have made many of these before, but this time I decided to use 12 x 12 paper, so the book comes out as 6 x 6.  Here’s the cover:

B is for Book

I die cut the images from the Designer Series Paper and then die cut a piece of matching fun foam to adhere them to for added stability. Remember, each square is 6 x 6, so here’s the short person trying to get a full picture of the whole thing opened up:

B is for Book

I managed to get a couple of pop-ups in there, as well:

B is for Book

B is for Book

I used the sentiments from the Birthday Delivery set and just one sentiment from Happy Birthday Gorgeous (Party Time).

B is for Book

And yes, those little balloons have strings. And yes, I’m losing my mind! Haha!

B is for Book

There you have it. Now it’s time to close the book on this post.

Now get out there and do something creative today!

Winter Is Coming

Okay, I don’t know where you live, but I’m on the East Coast and today it was hotter than … well, you know what. So I thought we should pause, reflect, and remember, Winter is coming. So here is  your summer-heat-I-can’t-believe-I-miss-the-cold moment:

winter is coming

Ahhh, I feel cooler already. How refreshing! 😉

Now when I think winter I usually think Christmas, and it dawned on me that I never showed you the little tags and boxes I made for my book club gals. They’re just the nicest bunch of ladies and we have delicious fun when we meet once a month. Yes, I mean delicious, cause we eat and drink, my friends, and in betwixt and between we talk about the book we read for the month.

I figured they could all use extra gift tags for the holidays, so here’s what they received:

winter is coming

I love making tags, and I love using tags. One year I made enough tags so that everyone in my family had individualized tags for ALL of their presents so they could easily grab their packages from under the tree knowing whose present was whose.

Yeah, right. And then I grew up.

I digress. All these fun little tags fit into a cute little 3″ x 3″ box that Stampin’ Up! had in the Holiday catalog last year, complete with a clear plastic sleeve. So I decorated the boxes a little, didn’t want to get too crazy, and here is an example:

winter is coming

I hope those boxes come back this year. They were really fun and they were also food safe, so you could fill them with edible goodies.

Okay, I know you were waiting for them so here are your Game of Thrones memes

Winter is coming

winter is coming

And one of my favorites:

winter is coming

Now go forth and do something creative today!!

My Catalog Order Part 1

Greetings and Salutations from Baltimore, and welcome to my catalog order part 1 reveal!

Baltimore is named after a Lord Baltimore, and in the war of 1812 it was condemned by the British for being a “nest of Pirates.” Now that’s an interesting tidbit – pirates sound both romantic and scary at the same time! So today I am going to share with you some of the “booty” from the new catalog and a glimpse at my “treasure!”

Catalog Order part 1:

There are so many new bundles and paper packs and ribbons and trim that it can be overwhelming. Let’s face it, we want it all, right? Today I will highlight my number one favorite product in the new catty.

Birthday Memories Suite

You will find this nostalgic and colorful suite in a two-page spread on pages 68-69. There are 6 products in this suite:

  • Birthday Delivery, which features 23 fun photopolymer stamps: over half a dozen sentiments and ten delightful images
  • Birthday Friends Framelits, that includes a total of 10 dies: BONUS: the images in the paper pack coordinate with the framelits, so if you don’t think your coloring techniques are up to par you can just die cut your favorite images right from the paper
  • Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper, a total of 12 double-sided sheets, 12″ x 12″
  • ¼” Stitched Edge Ribbon in four bright coordinating colors
  • Birthday Memories Cardstock Pack which includes twenty-four pieces of 8½” x 11″ paper in Crumb Cake, Pacific Point, and Soft Sky
  • Balloon Honeycomb Embellishments: 12 pieces in three colors, Daffodil Delight, Real Red, and Soft Sky

Here are some cute ideas using this product suite:

Birthday Delivery Catalog Order Part 1

Sandi is a Canadian demonstrator who is sharing a card made by cutting out the images in the Designer Series Paper Pack using the framelits. I love the colors she has chosen for her backgrounds, they are so bright and cheery!

And here is the entire suite of products in a delightful birthday party display, created by the artists at Stampin’ Up!:

Birthday Delivery catalog order part 1

Reminds me a bit of the old Golden Books from back in the day! Now go forth and do something creative today!

Christmas Shadow Box

Why make a card when you can make a shadow box? And it’s sparkly!

I just got back from Atlanta, Georgia where I had the good fortune to attend Stampin’ Up! OnStage and Brian King’s World Card Making Day event. I got to meet lots of new people and many Facebook friends, too.

While I was there I also had a few of my burning questions answered:

  • How tall is Brian King? VERY tall. Beyond measurement, really.
  • Mary Fish can jump REALLY high. I mean, higher than kangaroo high.
  • Sometimes it does take the bartender more than one try to make me the perfect Dirty Martini.
  • It is indeed possible to clap so hard that you bruise your palms.
  • Yes, this here Yankee could teach the Southern gals at my table a few new tricks! Y’all come back now, y’hear? And finally,
  • Whether they’re five or sixty-five, a good chunk of your audience will FAIL at following directions! And at listening for said directions!  😉

Here’s my anything but a card 3D shadow box

One of the events of World Card Making Day was a 3D swap. I decided to make a shadow box.  I actually wound up making about five of them. One of them was successful (guess which one that was, one through four don’t count), and it is so sparkly that no matter how I took the picture it’s really hard to see the fine details!

Christmas Shadow Box

Here’s another look, this time from the table where all the swaps were laid out, and where you can at least make out the detail!

Christmas Shadow Box

This shadow box is made completely from a 12 x 12 piece of Dazzling Diamonds glitter paper.

I leave you now with some words of wisdom. So until next time, stay thirsty, my friends! ~ Amy

Pokemon is out there

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Nursery Subway Art in Vinyl

My first attempt at subway art using vinyl!

I recently bought a new Cricut machine – the Cricut Explore Air. (They made me an offer I couldn’t refuse…I swear, craft product manufacturers are like the Mafia). I still have my Expression machine, but I will hold on to it for now, because I can only use the Explore Air with an internet connection, whereas with the Expression I don’t need one and can use all my cartridges, etc, right in the machine.

Now what’s the next thing you do when you buy a new machine? That’s right, you have to get the accessories and materials that you can use with it. I had actually been wanting to make some nursery subway art so when I had the opportunity to make a project I jumped on it. I purchased some adhesive-backed vinyl and scouted around the web to get some ideas. I have made subway art before, but this was my first time making it with vinyl.

I knew I wanted to use a floating frame, so that was my first step. I found the one I used for this project at Michael’s, for a very reasonable price (especially if you use a coupon).

Next step was to plan out the design. I used Cricut Design Space (online only) to lay out the letters and elements, using a font and graphic from the Cricut Access files (you pay a monthly or yearly fee to have free use of anything they have in their catalog of thousands of images and fonts).

I loaded the mat with the colored surface facing up, set the machine dial for “vinyl” and hit the “go” button.

Using transfer paper I set the vinyl onto the glass, reassembled the frame, and was done.

Now, a couple of notes here:

  • Make sure that both pieces of glass are spotless before you adhere anything. Make sure your hands are clean and use a  microfiber cloth to clean the glass so you don’t have any little dust pieces hanging around.
  • Place the glass on which you are adhering the vinyl over a piece of grid paper so you can mark the center. You have to peel the vinyl off in one go, and if it’s crooked your goose is cooked. Draw a straight line on the horizontal and vertical lines of your grid paper. Lay the glass down and center it over your grid. It makes it so much easier to center the project.
  • Burnish, burnish, burnish! I can’t stress this enough! You want to make absolutely sure that you have securely sealed the vinyl to the glass before you even attempt to remove the transfer paper. If you lift the paper before you have the vinyl stuck down it will be a nightmare to try to fill in the missing pieces. Trust me, I speak from experience!

Here’s the finished project – monochromatic per the recipient’s preference:

Nursery subway art using vinyl and my new Circut Explore Air machine

Sorry about the glare from the camera flash – it was dark that day. Kind of like in a subway. Okay, ignore that one!

Pocket Letters for Snail Mail

Pocket Letters are a thing…

For the longest time I have been wanting to make a Pocket Letter™ (yes, it’s trade marked. I checked.), and because this is my daughter’s first Mother’s Day, I decided to take the plunge. Here’s what I came up with:

Pocket Letter made with Stampin' Up! Timeless Elegance

(Sorry for the shiny spots – but that’s what a flash does to plastic)! Timeless Elegance Designer Series Paper has been my favorite of all the designer papers in the Annual Catalog. So I pulled it out once again to use for this project. Making the “letter” is actually very simple. Here’s what you do:

  • get yourself some pocket pages that are 8½” by 11″ and have a total of nine equally sized pockets. You can find them almost anywhere (craft stores, office supply stores, Walmart, etc.).
  • Fill your pockets!

Really, it’s that simple!

Of course, figuring out what to put in them can be a bit of a challenge. In the middle pocket of the first and third rows I made a gift card envelope and stuck in a gift card, which I then put in the pocket.

  • All of the embellishments that you see are on the outside of each pocket – ’cause I figured that even if all the papers fell out there would still be some pretty left behind. 😉
  • I colored the roses of the designer paper with my ink pads and an aqua pen
  • Punches were my go-to! I used the Banner Triple punch, the Bitty Butterfly, Bracket Label, Bow Builder, and the Curvy Corner Trio. Can you tell which ones are which?
  • I stole the black card stock tags from the My Paper Pumpkin wreath kit for April. Hey, they were left over, so why not?
  • My sparkles were the Pearls Basic Jewels (on the roses) and some Metallic Sequins that I sealed in the pockets with washi tape.
  • Stamps used: Circle of Spring, Tag Talk, Timeless Love, Papillon Potpourri, and Cottage Greetings on the envelope.

And the great thing is that you can then fold up the page in thirds and put it in a #10 envelope to mail! Just like that! Here’s my envelope:

Pocket Letter made with Stampin' Up! Timeless Elegance

Give it a try – these are addictive!