My Favorite Season

For today at least, I’m picking Fall.

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 stamp set from Stampin’ Up!

My Favorite Season Amy Hoptay the jurassic crafter

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

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

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

My favorite season the jurassic crafter

There you have. One stamp set, three completely different cards. By the way, what is your favorite season? (Daughter #3, it’s you).

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

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

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.

And for goodness sake, get out there and do something creative today! And enjoy some cool treats!

i am groot

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 |

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!

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 |

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.

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 |

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 |

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?

Paper Cuts

Paper Cuts: who hasn’t had one? But this one won’t hurt!

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 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 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 the Jurassic Crafter

And the shred? Easy: I made it with my Stampin’ Trimmer and some scraps of Emerald Envy!

Paper Cuts the Jurassic Crafter

The finishing touch: a sweet little bow in Lemon Lime Twist. If you haven’t worked with this finely woven ribbon I highly recommend you do so.

Paper Cuts the Jurassic Crafter

Now just add a mini pen and a Starbucks gift card. And there you have it!

Now get out there and do something creative today.

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

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

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!

Let’s see what you can come up with!

Pool Party Palooza by the Jurassic Crafter


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 Team

Now go forth and do something creative today! It’s never too soon to get started on those holiday cards. 😉

Pattern Party 2017

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 .

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!

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!