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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:

Carousel Book Pals' Blog Hop November 2017 Amy Hoptay

Carousel Book | Pals’ Blog Hop

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

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.

Wicked Folds Pals blog hop Oct 2017

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.



My Favorite season the jurassic crafter craftcarnivore.com

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!

My Favorite season the jurassic crafter craftcarnivore.com

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.

My favorite season the jurassic crafter craftcarnivore.com

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

My favorite season the jurassic crafter craftcarnivore.com

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)

Blog Hop Line-up:


Product List

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

Christmas Sparkle | the Jurassic Crafter | craftcarnivore.com

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 | craftcarnivore.com

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 | craftcarnivore.com

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.

Product List

Pool Party Palooza part two | the Jurassic Crafter | craftcarnivore.com

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 | craftcarnivore.com

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 | craftcarnivore.com

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 | craftcarnivore.com

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 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:

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.

Pool Party Palooza by the Jurassic Crafter craftcarnivore.com

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 craftcarnivore.com

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
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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