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Catalog Reveal part 2

Today I’m going to highlight Wood Words for our

Catalog Reveal part 2

This is a fun little set that can be used in so many ways! It includes

  • a stamp set:
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  • coordinating Framelits Dies:
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  • a matching Designer Series Paper Pack, Wood Textures:
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  • and there is also a Bundle:
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Now let’s take a look at some of the projects my fellow demonstrators around the world have created. I think you will be surprised at how different each of these samples look considering they were all made with the same product!

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I love how Paula has used the Wood Textures paper as the background for her card base. Note the cute Smoky Slate Gingham Ribbon as well!

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This one from Nina really highlights the floral image of the stamp set and the die cut heart is a nice little embellishment. Next up is a set of note cards from Sacha:

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All of these great project ideas can be made with the stamp set. But the Framelits also include this adorable little wood crate, which Janneke has used to hold some little note cards:

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Okay, that’s it for day 2 of the catalog reveal. Tomorrow we’ll look at Floral Statements.

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!:

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

Now go forth and do something creative today!

Happy Birthday Gorgeous

Back around Mother’s Day I shared with you the card I made for my daughter, and I told you that I would update it with new products since some of the items I had used have now retired. This was the card:

Happy Mother's Day 2017

Please bear in mind that I have not yet received my ginormous product order with all the many new things coming my way; ordering only opened yesterday, so it’ll be next week some time till I get it. So what I wanted to share with you today is a CASE I did of my own card, using only new or still available products:

Happy Birthday Gorgeous

I’ve already told you that I’m just crazy for balloons, and the stamp set Happy Birthday Gorgeous has two: one with texture and one with the Hooray sentiment.

  • I used Crumb Cake and Bermuda Bay inks and papers
  • the embossing folder is called Softly Falling, and it gives a nice light texture to the paper
  • See those balloon strings? I separated a piece of Basic Black Solid Baker’s Twine into two-strand segments, and after I punched the balloons I hand-tied all the strings to each piece.
  • The cute little bow is from some new Bermuda Bay chevron ribbon
  • I threw some of the Glitter Enamel Dots on there for some bling
  • the congratulations sentiment is also from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set

As you can see, I followed the same basic template for this card as for the other, but I was able to change it up with a few different products, all of which are available to purchase.

I am on my way to visit my daughter for a few days, so I have decided to highlight some of the products I have ordered (and am impatiently waiting for) with ideas and videos from Stampin’ Up! So stay tuned, and

Go forth and do something creative today!


Adirondack Chair

My husband recently celebrated a birthday (don’t ask; let’s just say the Fire Department could have been called). The card that I made him I have shown you previously, the black and white hot air balloons card.

Let’s show the Adirondack chair some love today!

Have I ever mentioned that my husband and I are both originally from upstate New York? Not the White Plains upstate, but the real one, Albany and further north. His mother’s family is from a tiny town named North Creek, and it is located, obviously, in the Adirondacks. You see where I’m going, right? Yup, the origin of the Adirondack chair. Knowledge is power, my friends!

So my sister-in-law, who also happens to be my downline, sent him the card below for his birthday. Totes adorbs, am I right? I love the way she distributed the elements around the card, and of course, the fancy fold makes it that much more special. Cute, right? Makes me long for the beach!

Adirondack Chair

Isn’t it amazing how just folding a piece of paper in a different way can totally change not only the way a card looks but the impact that it makes? So thank you, Linda, we all loved your card!

That adorable little Adirondack chair is from the Colorful Seasons Bundle; it’s part of the Seasonal Layers Thinlit Dies. The coordinating stamp set is called Colorful Seasons, and you can see all the pieces parts in the new Annual Catalog, pages 146-147.

Now go forth and do something creative every day!


Eastern Palace Product Suite

I really can’t say enough about the Eastern Palace Suite. And I know I have talked about it before, but I just can’t get over my excitement about it.  It really is amazing. And I showed you a scrapbook layout I did with it previously, but I will share part of it with you again:

The color combos in the Designer Series Paper Pack are so versatile. You will have to get your hands on the Gold Vinyl Stickers to understand just how beautiful they are – and being vinyl, they are very easy to use because they aren’t flimsy like a regular sticker. And yes, I admit it, I do have an unnatural fondness for polka-dots. So there. 🙂

And if you’re a card maker, then you will certainly appreciate how the thinlit dies you get look so amazing on a card. And every little detail has been thought of, so the stamps that match the thinlits give you endless different ways to stamp around the medallions. Here are the three cards I made using a template from Stampin’ Up! (which you get for free as a demonstrator):

I don’t know which one is my favorite, because they’re all so pretty! And p.s., I was in Target just the other day and I can tell you for sure that tassels are really in this year. They were on everything from shirts to shoes to purses!

This suite of products is my second favorite suite in the new Annual Catalog. My very favorite and number one product suite that I can wait to get my hands on is the Birthday Delivery Suite, on page 69 in the catalog. And I just ordered it today, the first day that we, as demonstrators, can order from the full catalog – and yes, we do get a discount, thank goodness. And no, I have no idea where I’m going to put all the things that will be coming. But they’re just so pretty, and I like to have pretty things around me.

Oh, you haven’t seen the new catalog yet? Seriously? Well, just  Click here to download a digital copy of the new catalog.  And then go look at that page and see how cute that Suite is.

Now go forth, and do something creative everyday!

The NEW Catalog is Here

The wait is over, my friends, because

the new catalog for 2017-2018 has arrived!

And to celebrate the occasion I am sharing with you today a new card, with new colors, and a new, FREE tutorial!

New Catalog

OMG, I am over the moon for the newest In Colors, and in the card above I have used three of them: Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist, and Powder Pink. Wow. What a palette! I also used one of the new photopolymer stamp sets, Happy Birthday Gorgeous.

And I promised you a free tutorial, so just click HERE to get a download (PDF) to make the Happy Birthday Gorgeous card (above). If you don’t have a PDF reader you can get one for free from the internet – just look for Adobe Reader – and it’s free, BTW.

The other two new In Colors I haven’t shown you yet are Fresh Fig and Tranquil Tide, and you can check them out in this little pretty:

new catalog in colors

You know I wouldn’t lie to you. SPECTACULAR, am I right? There is so much to love in this catalog – I mean that! I think it’s my favorite catalog so far.

NOTE: The products listed above without prices are temporarily on back order, but should be available soon.
Keep in mind that the new catalog won’t go live online until Noon Mountain Time on June 1st, which will be 3 PM here on the East Coast (due to Daylight Saving Time).  You can go window shopping and check out all that’s new – there’s no charge for that! 😉
Until then, go forth and do something creative today!

My Beautiful Balloon

Would You Like to Ride in my Beautiful Balloon?

Anybody out there remember the Fifth Dimension? The singing group, not the real 5th dimension. I loved that song, Up, Up, and Away – as well as their other hit, Wedding Bell Blues. And their version of Aquarius, from the musical Hair.

(Little known fact: the lead female vocalist, Marilyn McCoo, and Robert Wagner (DiNozzo’s dad on NCIS) shared the first ever television interracial kiss on the show It Takes a Thief).

I have never been in a hot air balloon, beautiful or otherwise, and I’m not likely to ever do so in my lifetime. Paralyzing fear of heights and all that. But I love the look of a beautiful balloon, which is why I decided to use a beautiful balloon on my hubby’s birthday card.

Up Up and Away Thinlits and Lift Me Up beautiful balloon

I went with a black and white theme, cause he tends to like things that are more Clean and Simple in their design. Not to mention that that makes my design life a little easier, haha!

Here’s the trick to lining up the stamped images and the cutouts –

  • Cut two pieces of card stock that are identical in size. (I used Whisper White above).
  • I did use a MISTI for the stamping, in full disclosure. You gotta get one of these! I decided where I wanted the stamps to be and lined them up on the MISTI, and stamped in Basic Black on one of the Whisper White pieces.
  • I then took out the stamped paper and put in, in the exact same place, the other piece of card stock that was identical in size to the first.
  • I did NOT move the stamps around, just re-inked them and stamped exactly as I did on the previous piece.
  • I then took the coordinating framelits and cut out the two balloon images on one of the stamped pieces of card stock. (I kept the cutout pieces and used them on the inside of the card).
  • Next I took the piece with the cutouts and stamped a couple of clouds and then colored them in with Wink of Stella.
  • I adhered the cutout piece directly on top of the stamped piece of card stock with Stampin’ Dimensionals, lining up the two pieces of card stock. Done!

I finished with stamping my sentiment on a separate piece of card stock, taping a piece of copy paper over the area above where I wanted the sentiment so I could have just the phrase hope your day is on cloud nine without the Happy Birthday phrase on top.

I then did the same on the inside of the card: I taped a piece of copy paper below where I wanted the Happy Birthday so I could avoid the lower half of the sentiment and just have the birthday part.

Now go forth and do something creative today!

Happy Mother’s Day 2017

I didn’t forget, I just didn’t want to post this before I gave it to the intended recipient. So, for all you mothers out there (and you know who you are) –

Happy Mother’s Day 2017 (belated)

I had a great time with all my kids at my daughter’s house in Baltimore, played with the grandson, and generally just got to relax and enjoy the people I love most in this world – and the people who are extremely fun to hang out with any time. (Okay, an aside here – why does WordPress not recognize the word extremely? Maybe cause I had it in italics? [shakes head] So I did the old “add to dictionary” thing).

Here is the card I put together for my daughter. I completely CASEd it from Pinterest – so the design is not mine, but I just thought it was totes adorbs!

There is a little mix of new, retired, and still available in this design.

  • Blushing Bride Cardstock, still available and in the new Annual Catalog
  • Blushing Bride Solid Baker’s Twine, retired and no longer available
  • Delicate White Doilies, still available and in the new Annual Catalog
  • Oh So Succulent Stamp Set and Dies Bundle, retired but still available until May 31 (also available separately)
  • Glitter Enamel Dots – brand new and coming June 1
  • Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Dies, still available and in the new Annual Catalog
  • Blushing Bride and Flirty Flamingo ink pads, still available and in the new Annual Catalog
  • Mint Macaron ink pad, retired but still available through May 31
  • Garden Green ink pad, still available and in the new Annual Catalog
  • Very Vanilla Cardstock, still available and in the new Annual Catalog
  • Falling Petals embossing folder, retired and no longer available

Now, I didn’t mention all those retired and unavailable items to depress you. Really. But I want you to know that if you DO have those products, and you’re a hoarder like me, keep creating with them. Their beauty is not diminished by their lack of availability. Don’t let those older stamp sets just lie around – use them!

There will always be something new coming around, you know that. So use what you have and enjoy what you own. And I will update this card with new products (once I get my own hands on them) so you can still use the design, no matter what.

Now go forth and do something creative today!

Creative should be a four letter word

Do Something Creative Every Day

Creative is an adjective that makes me insecure, because I don’t really think I’m creative at all. I mean, what does it mean if you fail an online creativity quiz on one site and then you ace it on another? Yes, I know what you’re going to say, that ANY quiz on the Internet is bound to be a bit of a farce.

Every time I make something I look at it with a critical eye and think, it doesn’t seem very creative. Or very exciting. I think the biggest fear to overcome is that whatever you create is inferior to anything else out there. I wonder if that is a female trait only. I’m not sure men are that lacking in confidence.

So here are some things I try to remember:

  • it’s not a competition
  • what may seem creative to you may actually be not so creative to someone else, and vice-versa
  • Please yourself; if it makes you happy then that’s all that matters
  • We all come at our creative process from different vantage points; there is no right or wrong way to get there
  • it’s the journey, not the destination

So with that in mind, I share with you today one of my creations:

Creative a post by the Jurassic Crafter at craftcarnivore.com

I mean, who doesn’t love a little bling? And these adorable dragonflies are from a stamp set that is carrying over to the new catalog, which arrives June 1st. Cannot wait!

Check out these products in my online store – (unfortunately, the Falling in Love Designer Series Paper is already gone).

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