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Carousel Book Pals' Blog Hop November 2017 Amy Hoptay

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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

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

Paper Cuts Pals Blog Hop craftcarnivore.com the Jurassic Crafter

Paper Cuts

Paper Cuts Blog Post craftcarnivore.com 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 craftcarnivore.com 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 craftcarnivore.com 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 craftcarnivore.com 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 craftcarnivore.com 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 craftcarnivore.com 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:

My Paper Pumpkin

My Paper Pumpkin

So yesterday I showed you the kit for this month, One in a Melon. Today I thought I’d share with you a bit more about the My Paper Pumpkin monthly kit.

As I mentioned before, the kit is a monthly subscription from Stampin’ Up! The cost is $19.95 USD per month, and that includes shipping! I don’t know if you have ever gotten a monthly kit before, but most of the ones I have seen start at $30 and don’t include the cost of shipping and handling.

Let’s just look again at everything that came in this month’s kit:

My Paper Pumpkin

  • 4 printed bags
  • 6 printed card bases
  • 4 mini clothespins
  • a complete stamp set, One in a Melon
  • 2 ink spots, one in Emerald Envy, one in Melon Mambo
  • 4 sheets of printed cotton paper
  • 100 Glue dots
  • 100 mini Stampin’ Dimensionals
  • 4 yards of Melon Mambo baker’s twine
  • 6 envelopes
  • 2 sheets of watercolor die-cut pieces
  • 2 sheets of white die-cut pieces
  • 1 sheet of laser-cut leaf stickers

WOW! That’s an incredible value for just $20.

There are two different ways to subscribe, but only one thing you need to know:

** you can skip a month at any time with no penalty**

  • You can sign up online and pay month to month, for $19.95 OR
  • Buy a pre-paid subscription and save some money! You can also give it as a gift!
    • 1 month = $19.95
    • 3 months = $59
    • 6 months = $114 (saves you $1 per month)
    • 12 months = $215 (saves you about $2 per month)

Of course, you can cancel at any time! But really, who would want to spoil all that fun? Plus, you can usually get refills for the kits online from Stampin’ Up!, but you might have to act quickly, ’cause those puppies tend to sell out real fast when there’s a particularly popular kit.

Here’s a sampling of some of this year’s previous kits:

My Paper Pumpkin

This next one was designed by the CEO of Stampin’ Up!, Sara Douglass:

My Paper Pumpkin

This last one was the perfect kit for Easter!

My Paper Pumpkin

My Paper Pumpkin

You’re gonna love it!

Click here to subscribe or click on the picture below.

My Paper Pumpkin


Now get out there and do something creative today! Like get your pumpkin on!!



B is for Book

B is for Book

Welcome to the June 2017 Pals’ Blog Hop. Thank you so much for joining us today. This month’s theme, Pick a “B”, features projects inspired by Babies, Birthdays, Brides, and Books, just to name few. You might just get a glimpse of new catalog products while you hop with us today.

Whether you’re just starting the hop, or you have come from my dear friend Jeanie Stark, you’ll find the line-up toward the end of my post to help you move along.

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!

Thanks again for hopping with the Stampin’ Pretty Pals today. Take a minute to mark your calendar for our next hop on July 12th. We’re having a pattern party! Now hop along to the next in line, Pamela Sandler or by using the Blog Hop Line-up below. See you on July 12th for the next Pals’ Blog Hop! 

Blog Hop Line-up:  

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Rae Harper-Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  3. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
  4. Lynn Tague at Beyond Beaches & Blessings
  5. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  6. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat
  7. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  8. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  9. Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’
  10. Peggy Noe at Prettypapercards
  11. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  12. Kim Jolley at Stampin’ Artfully
  13. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  14. Rosanne Mulhern at Heartfelt Stamping
  15. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stampin’ Habit!
  16. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  17. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  18. Jeanie Stark at Just Stampin’
  19. Amy Hoptay at Craft Carnivore     Ü  here we are!  
  20. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  21. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin’
  22. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  23. Becky Retzer at Just in Thyme
  24. Sherrie Gross at Stampin’ Sunshine
  25. Sara Hicks Stuart at Sentiments by Sara
  26. Rachael Shedeed at Bluebonnet Stampin’
  27. Su Mohr at Aromas and Art

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

Ladies and Gentlemen, here is your lineup:


And 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
images © Stampin Up!

Reminds me a bit of the old Golden Books from back in the day!

Now go forth and do something creative today!

Pals Blog Hop November 2016

Anything But a Card Pals Blog Hop November 2016

Pals Blog Hop November 2016Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for November 2016. We are thankful you stopped by to take a look at our new 2016 Blog Hop monthly themes.  This month our projects feature items that are considered 3D, Home Décor, or Gift Sets. We hope to provide you with lots of ideas and hope you enjoy our creations.

You might just be starting the Blog Hop or you might have come from Sue Becker at RnR Stamping, 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 can see all the projects.

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.  I also got to witness my direct upline, Mary Fish, being named the #1 Demonstrator in the US and the #1 Global Demonstrator! Congrats, Mary! Love you more than my luggage!

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

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!

Pals Blog Hop November 2016 3D Swap by Amy Hoptay, the Jurassic Crafter, craftcarnivore.com

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!

Pals Blog Hop November 2016 3D Swap by Amy Hoptay, the Jurassic Crafter, craftcarnivore.com

This shadow box is made completely from a 12 x 12 piece of Dazzling Diamonds glitter paper. You can purchase the tutorial by clicking on the banner up above that says “Tutorials” – and it’s only $5 for the eleven (count ’em) 11 page instructions!

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

Pals Blog Hop November 2016

Thanks for visiting. Your next stop is #17, Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations.  You can also 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. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  3. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  4. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin
  5. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards
  6. Jeanie Stark at Just Stampin’
  7. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  8. Jackie Diediker at Stampin’ Jackie
  9. Becky Volpp at InkblossomwithBecky
  10. Lynn Tague at BeyondBeachesandBlessings.com
  11. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  12. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  13. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  14. Karen Zaring Browning at Stamp With Me KZB
  15. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  16. Amy Hoptay at Craft Carnivore   You, my friend, are right HERE!
  17. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  18. Rae Harper Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
Clock Face Designer Series Paper Stampin Up

The countdown begins for the next Blog Hop

Countdown to the next Pals' Blog Hop

Countdown! See how I did that?

Well, yes, the next blog hop happens this Wednesday, June 8th. Lots of Pals will be displaying their beauteous artwork for you to admire, featuring all things “B”.

Are you admiring my clock? I sure hope so. I used some of the retired It’s My Party Designer Series paper and my Cricut Explore Air to cut out the face. The clock is a very inexpensive plastic that comes apart very easily, allowing you to customize the way it looks. I had hoped to post this before the paper was no longer available, but TIME slipped away from me. Zing! Guess I’ll just have to FACE the music…

Okay, enough with the bad puns. Check back here on Wednesday to check out the hop!

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

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!