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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:

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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

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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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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

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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:

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Pool Party Palooza by the Jurassic Crafter craftcarnivore.com

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 craftcarnivore.com

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.

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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!

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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 with Carols of Christmas

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

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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)

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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