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Pals Blog Hop December 2016 Sparkles and Shines

Pals Blog Hop December 2016Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for December 2016. We are thankful you stopped by to take a look at our new 2016 Blog Hop monthly themes.  This month our projects showcase products that can add sparkle and/or shine for a finishing touch. We hope to provide you with lots of ideas and that you enjoy our creations.

You may just be starting the Blog Hop or may have come from the previous link from the Line-up on the Pals Blog Hop listing, Nicole Watt.  The full lineup will help you move along from blog to blog so you may see all the projects.

Who doesn’t love a little glitz and glamour?

If you raised your hand, you’re excused. Seriously? How can you not love a little sparkle and shine, especially at this time of year.

Oh, Scrap!

Ya know, you can hold on to all those teeny tiny little pieces of paper you have left from all that Designer Series Paper, or you can take those little gremlins and turn them into tags. You can even, if you happen to be a hoarder like me (and I say that with pride), you can even use those little snippets of ribbon you have saved in a big plastic bag. Yes, Virginia, we can save all those things and still come out smelling like a rose.

Pals Blog Hop December 2016

So I had all these pieces parts of Candy Cane Lane DSP lying around and decided to use them up by making some gift tags. And I couldn’t resist using the Cookie Cutter Christmas bundle to make them. But when I got done, they all looked just so sad and dreary.

Glimmer Paper to the rescue!

Dazzling Diamonds? Got it. Glimmer Red? Well, yeah, you got me there. It’s retired. But hey, I’m using up those scraps, so just go with it.

Pals Blog Hop December 2016

Rudolph really does have a shiny nose now. Yay!

Pals Blog Hop December 2016

See that smile on the gingerbread man? Well, trust me, until he got that bow tie upgrade that smile was a FROWN! Everybody looks happier with a little bit of sparkle. Don’t we all?

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. Have a very happy Christmas and a joyous New Year, my friends!

Amy

 

“Tags” for visiting. (it’s a disease)  To continue with the hop, click to go to  Lynn Tague or 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. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  3. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stampin’ Habit
  4. Staci Rivera at Clever Bow Tie Designs
  5. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  6. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  7. Karen Zaring Browning at StampWithMeKZB.com
  8. Jeanie Stark at Just Stampin’
  9. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  10. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  11. Becky Volpp at InkBlossomwithBecky
  12. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  13. Angela Curry at Kindred Stampers
  14. Sherrie Gross at Stampin’ Sunshine
  15. Kalyn Shubnell at The Stamping Chronicles
  16. Kim Jolley at Stampin’ Artfully
  17. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  18. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  19. Debbie Crowley at expressively deb…
  20. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  21. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat
  22. Amy Hoptay at Craft Carnivore    Yo! Here’s where you’re at!
  23. Lynn Tague at Beyond Beaches & Blessings
  24. Rae Harper Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
Grateful and a bonus for you! http://craftcarnivore.com

I’m Feeling Grateful So I Have a Special Bonus Just for YOU!

Grateful | Thankful | Blessed

These are the feelings I am feeling right now as we approach the Thanksgiving holiday. And I’m grateful for the sentiment from the Paisleys and Posies stamp set, because it expresses my feelings completely.

We have so many reasons to be grateful – and yours may be different from mine, but still, it’s true. I’ll let you in on a secret – probably I am most grateful for my beautiful grandson, who is about to turn one. It is such a simple joy to watch him grow and develop. (Okay, okay, I confess, it’s also a joy to get to shop for him; I am, after all, his grandmother)!

Grateful and a special bonus just for YOU! http://craftcarnivore.com

So in the spirit of gratitude, I have a special BONUS offer for all of you – from November 15 through December 15, any order of $30 or more will get a FREE pack of four handcrafted cards, with envelopes, ready for you to send off to your besties! Orders are limited to the US, per Stampin’ Up! regulations. Orders cannot be combined. Card packs will be selected at random and will be sent to the address on file with your order.

The holiday catalog will only be available through January 4, 2017, so if you have something special on your wish list don’t forget to order now! And coincidentally, Stampin’ Up! is offering these beautiful Stitched Shapes framelits from now until November 30 for, you guess it, $30!

Grateful and a bonus for YOU! http://craftcarnivore.com

Oh, and I forget to mention, there are several stamp sets on sale as well! For 25% off, no less! So everybody wins!

Now don’t forget to mark your calendars! Grateful Bonus gets you a 4 pack of handcrafted cards and envelopes with a $30 order, as well as a couple of great sales from Stampin’ Up!

Till next time, stay thirsty, my friends!

~Amy

 

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
Thoughtful Branches Black and Red | Amy Hoptay the Jurassic Crafter | visit me at CraftCarnivore.com

A Thoughtful Black and Red for a Loved One Lost

Black and Red

**This post is one of several deleted by my web host (don’t use Arvixe) when they migrated my servers back at the beginning of October. And now, unfortunately, the Thoughtful Branches bundle is gone. Sad face. But if you did get your hands on one, Bravo! So here is the post in its original format:

Black and red. Le Rouge et le Noir. The former is a color combination of which my late stepmother was particularly fond. The  latter is its french translation, as well as being the title of a classic work of French literature by Stendhal (the pen name of Marie-Henri Beyle, 1783-1842).

One can acquire everything in solitude except character ~ Stendhal

Now, you’re probably asking yourself, what the heck does that have to do with crafting? My stepmother lived in France for a while and traveled there frequently and loved reading French novels.  So I was remembering her with fondness the other day and decided to put those thoughts into a card that I might have sent to her.

Black and Red for you, Steph!Thoughtful Branches Black and Red | Amy Hoptay the Jurassic Crafter | visit me at CraftCarnivore.com

She was a trip, my Stepmother, that’s for sure.  But she was a lot of fun and I miss her. Plus, she thought I was hilarious, so there’s that.

But if you’re still trying to decide whether or not to get the Thoughtful Branches bundle, remember this:

Thoughtful Branches Black and Red | Amy Hoptay the Jurassic Crafter | visit me at CraftCarnivore.com

The Thoughtful Branches bundle is a limited edition and once it’s gone, it’s gone for good (and it’s almost gone). It’s versatile, has lots of useful sentiments, and the trees are appropriate for every season.  ETA: So sorry – it is now sold out!

Until next time, stay thirsty, my friends!   Amy Ü

 

Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper The Jurassic Crafter CraftCarnivore.com

Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper and a Great Deal!

Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper The Jurassic Crafter CraftCarnivore.com

Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper looks good enough to eat and now you can get 4 packs of selected designer series paper for the price of 3! What a great deal! It may be Fall but I’m holding on to summer while I can!

Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper The Jurassic Crafter CraftCarnivore.com

Fruit Stand is just one of several designer packs that are available in this great offer

In fact, two of the packs are Christmas suites, one from the Annual Catalog and one from the current Holiday Catalog. Yum!

I’m turning over a new leaf (seeing as it’s Fall, you know) and sending out specially made cards that I have designed to any and all customers who place an order through my website. This is just one of the cards I sent recently.

Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper The Jurassic Crafter CraftCarnivore.com

You can do more than just make fruit with this stamp set. I think you’ll find that you reach for it all year ’round. I know I will! Peachy!

If you’d like to see it up close and personal, here it is. The picture links to my shop page to give you all the purchase info you need. It’s a photopolymer stamp set, which means it’s see-through. So you can “see through” it to perfectly to align your images.

Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper The Jurassic Crafter CraftCarnivore.com

Have a great day and stay thirsty, my friends!

Craft Carnivore Home of the Jurassic CrafterAmy

Wicked Folds Pals Blog Hop October 2016 www.craftcarnivore.com

Wicked Folds Pals Blog Hop October 2016

Wicked Folds Pals Blog Hop October 2016 www.craftcarnivore.com

Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop, or as I’m calling it today, my nightmare! My web host decided to migrate the servers on my account two days ago and I lost a bunch of posts, and emails, and, oh, yeah, MY MIND!!!

So I’m writing this abbreviated post to show you my projects for today’s blog hop. And yes, I had a fabulous post written, and I was oh, so clever, but know we’ll never know, will we? 😉

Wicked Folds Pals Blog Hop Oct 2016 www.craftarnivore.com

Now before you get all excited, I know I read the prompt wrong. I was so excited about Wicked Folds that I completely ignored that I was supposed to make anything other than an A2 card. Well, Karma and all that, right?

Here’s my second project, once again, all about the folds:

Wicked Folds Pals Blog Hop Oct 2016 www.craftarnivore.com

So there you have it. Please enjoy the rest of the hop and I’ll see you next time, (at which point I may be behind bars or enjoying three squares at the nut house).

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  3. Sherrie Gross at Stampin’ Sunshine
  4. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  5. Beth Fairweather at Beth Fairweather Designs
  6. Amy Hoptay at Craft Carnivore   YOU ARE HERE!
  7. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  8. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  9. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  10. Lynn Tague at Beyond Beaches & Blessings
  11. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  12. Jackie Diediker at Stampin’ Jackie
  13. Jeanie Stark at Just Stampin’
  14. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stampin’ Habit!
  15. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  16. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  17. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  18. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  19. Staci Rivera at Clever Bow Tie Designs
  20. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  21. Rae Harper Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
Decorate plain card stock for a whole new look! Check my website! www.craftcarnivore.com The Jurassic Crafter

Decorate Plain Card Stock for a Whole New Look

Did you know you can decorate plain card stock for a whole new look just by using some stamps and ink? Well, it sure took me long enough to figure that out!

Decorate plain card stock using Paisleys and Posies

I am totally in love with this stamp set. ‘Course, I did grow up in the seventies, so it’s like deja vu all over again, as Babe Ruth would say.

Decorate plain card stock for a whole new look! Check my website! www.craftcarnivore.com The Jurassic Crafter

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My Favorite Season Pals Blog Hop September 2016

My Favorite Season: Pals Blog Hop September 2016

My Favorite Season Pals Blog Hop September 2016Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for September 2016. We are thankful you stopped by to take a look at our new 2016 Blog Hop monthly themes.

This month our projects represent our favorite year end Season. It may be Autumn, Winter, Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas (and maybe even a combination!) We hope to provide you with lots of ideas and that you enjoy our creations.

You may just be starting the Blog Hop or may have come from 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.

My Favorite Season …

… is one where I get to eat things with sugar in them and don’t have to have the air conditioning on. So here in Pennsylvania you’re looking at Halloween and everything after. I guess that means that really my favorite season occurs in the last quarter of the year. Is it coincidence that the best holidays are sweet? I think not.

Halloween? Candy. Lots of it. Thanksgiving? Pies. Check! Christmas? Cookies. Candy. The mother of all holidays where sweets are concerned. You think Valentine’s Day is sweet? You haven’t been to my house!

But today I’m going to focus on Halloween. Why, you ask? Because it’s up first. I will show you Thanksgiving and Christmas stuff later, when I emerge from the sugar coma that begins with my favorite vegetable, candy corn.

 

My Favorite Season Pals Blog Hop September 2016

 

Have you had a chance yet to drool over all the goodness that is the Holiday Catalog? It might just be the first sweet thing I love that doesn’t have sugar! Seriously! I love me a good product suite, (yup, I noticed that … suite ~ sweet) and this one doesn’t disappoint:

My Favorite Season Pals Blog Hop September 2016

In my card for today I managed to squeeze in quite a few of the elements included in the Halloween Night product line. See if you can guess what they are:

The Jurassic Crafter at craftcarnivore.com featuring the Halloween Night product suite. Come visit my blog to see more. #stampinup #craftcarnivore

If you guessed these items you’d be right:

My Favorite Season The Jurassic Crafter at craftcarnivore.com featuring the Halloween Night product suite. Come visit my blog to see more. #stampinup #craftcarnivore

But you get bonus points if you picked out these stamp sets!

My Favorite Season The Jurassic Crafter at craftcarnivore.com featuring the Halloween Night product suite. Come visit my blog to see more. #stampinup #craftcarnivore

Well, I’m off to go dreaming of the Milky Way … and the Three Musketeers, too. No Snickers, please. (See what I did there)?  Drop me a line and let me know what your favorite season is. That would be, um, sweet!! Or suite?!

See ya when I see ya!  Amy 🙂

Thanks for visiting. To continue with the hop, please 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. Kim Jolley at Stampin’ Artfully
  3. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  4. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin
  5. Becky Volpp at Inkblossomwithbecky
  6. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  7. Sherrie Gross at Stampin’ Sunshine
  8. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  9. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  10. Karen Zaring Browning at Stamp With Me KZB
  11. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  12. Staci Rivera at Clever Bow Tie Designs
  13. Jackie Diediker at Stampin’ Jackie
  14. Lynn Tague at Beyond Beaches & Blessings
  15. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  16. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  17. Amy Hoptay at Craft Carnivore           Pssst … you’re over here!
  18. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stampin’ Habit!
  19. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  20. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  21. Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’
  22. Jane Knudsen at see jane stamp
  23. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  24. Jeanie Stark at Just Stampin’
  25. Sue Becker at www.RnRStamping.com
  26. Pam Dotts at Clearly Southern Stampin’
  27. Rae Harper-Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
Thoughtful Branches Still Available Shop Now craftcarnivore.stampinup.net item #144328

Thoughtful Branches Is Almost Gone

Thoughtful Branches Still Available Shop Now craftcarnivore.stampinup.netThe Thoughtful Branches bundle, which includes the Thoughtful Branches stamp set and the Beautiful Branches framelit dies*, is still available for purchase, but only while supplies last. If you haven’t seen any of the gorgeous work that people are creating with this must-have set then you haven’t been paying attention! 🙂

* Purchasing the bundle gives you a discount of 10% off the price of the stamp and framelits if bought separately. So you can buy one or the other, or both for 10% less.

Here is the stamp set, the dies, and the bundle – you can click on any of these photos to purchase at my online store:

Thoughtful Branches Still Available Shop Now craftcarnivore.stampinup.net item #143539Thoughtful Branches Still Available Shop Now craftcarnivore.stampinup.net item #143538Thoughtful Branches Still Available Shop Now craftcarnivore.stampinup.net item #144328

Thoughtful Branches Artwork

Today I want to share with you some gorgeous cards that I also received at the Gathering for Greatness swap in Chicago. These cards feature the Thoughtful Branches bundle in different ways, all equally stunning. This first one is from Lisa Lange. I love the touches of Peekaboo Peach here!

Thoughtful Branches Bundle still available while supplies last. Shop my online store http://craftcarnivore.stampinup.netThe next one, from Lynne Ernst, is a Z-fold card. She has put some Wink of Stella on the apples here, and once again, let’s hear it for Peekaboo Peach! (Yes, it’s one of my favorite In Color 2016-18 colors)!

Thoughtful Branches Bundle still available while supplies last. Shop my online store http://craftcarnivore.stampinup.netNext up is this lovely card from Lisa Pretto. I love her choices of Dapper Denim with the new Copper Embossing Powder. The design of this card is so unique, in my opinion.

Thoughtful Branches Bundle still available while supplies last. Shop my online store http://craftcarnivore.stampinup.net

So what are you waiting for? Grab this bundle, you will be so happy you did! There are 23 photopolymer stamps in this set, and 9 dies in the framelits. That, my friends, is a great deal!

See ya when I see ya!   Amy 🙂

 

Chicago Gathering for Greatness Chicago 2016

Gathering for Greatness Chicago 2016

I recently had the good fortune to attend Gathering for Greatness Chicago 2016, a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator get-together at the end of July. To say it was awesome is not an exaggeration. I had a  great time meeting other demos whom I recognized from their blogs – I felt starstruck, believe me! There were people there from all over the country, and we also had time to chat via Zoom (similar to Skype) with people like Patty Bennett (Patty Stamps), one of Stampin’ Up!’s million dollar sellers, Sam Hammond from across the pond in England (Pootles Papercrafts), and Kylie Bertucci (Crafty Kylie) from Australia. Amazing women who very generously shared tips, inspiration, and their precious time with us.

I don’t want to forget our fearless leaders, Lisa Mayer Pretto (Ink Big Academy) and Janet Morrow Wakeland (remARKably Created). Look up fun in the dictionary and you’ll see their pictures – right next to awesome, inspiring, and talented! Oh, and did I mention hilarious?

One of the big highlights of the weekend, though, was taking a road trip with my sister-in-law, who is also my downline. We’ve known each other for decades, and we travel very well together. It was so much fun to sit in the hotel room at night and discuss all things stamping and papercrafting. Even better, we get to do it all over again in November when we go to Atlanta for World Card Making Day with Brian King (Stamp with Brian) and we attend Stampin’ Up! OnStage, where we get to see what is coming up in the new 2017 Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-Bration 2017. Cannot wait!

Here we are, Mr. DeMille, ready for our closeup:

Chicago Gathering for Greatness Chicago 2016

Gorgeous Swap Cards

One of the things you can usually find at any meeting of demos is a swap, and this Gathering for Greatness was no exception. Our task: to make full cards using current Stampin’ Up! product only, and then, at some point over the weekend, swap out our projects. I gotta tell you, the talent in that group is amazing! And there were also displays set up throughout the room with projects made by demos from all over. Beautiful, amazing stuff!

So today I want to share with you a couple of the swap designs that I really like. This first one is from my sister-in-law, Linda Droege:

Chicago Gathering for Greatness Chicago 2016I love how she uses the Botanical Blooms to such good effect, stamping on the die cut leaves, using vellum, and the way she uses several stamp sets to really make this card pop! (Can you name which ones she has here)?

This next one I thought was outstanding, partly due to its simplicity and due to the color choices, I think.  I’m guessing this is Marette Passero’s card:

Chicago Gathering for Greatness Chicago 2016

This next one is from the Seaside Shore collection. I can picture the face of the demo who made this very clearly, but she didn’t put her info on the card anywhere, so I’m not sure of her name. I do remember we laughed together about how she had to stay up into the wee hours in her hotel room the night before the swap to finish up all her cards. 😉

Chicago Gathering for Greatness Chicago 2016

And last but not least, here is one from Valerie Malkus, who really blinged up her Moroccan Nights card:

Chicago Gathering for Greatness Chicago 2016

So there you have it, in a nutshell, my fab trip to Chicago for Gathering for Greatness. Hope you like seeing the work that other demos are creating!

See ya when I see ya!     Amy 🙂