We’re the Perfect Mix

Today is the last day that you can purchase items from the Occasions 2017 catalog. Tomorrow is the big day – a brand new Annual Catalog and Idea Book!

Here’s a Perfect Mix:

Highest quality crafting products and sale prices! Am I right? It’s your last chance for the Perfect Mix stamp set (the Clear Mount version is on sale), the Playful Palette paper, and the matching Washi tape, which are also now available at reduced prices! Yay!

The card I made today uses all three of those products:

Perfect Mix

I just love it when products coordinate, don’t you? It can really make the creative process flow a lot smoother. And I love this stamp set cause it has all kinds of kitchen appliances and utensils in it, making it the perfect mix (ahem!) for everyday-type cards as well as holiday cards, right? Christmas, baking, it all works!

  • I used Very Vanilla for my base, then added a piece of Basic Black on top of that.
  • I cut two pieces of the Designer Paper stack in half on the diagonal to use on top of the Basic Black. (You will need two to get the correct angles going on the card).
  • I added the Washi tape on the diagonal in between the pieces of paper, and then just tucked the edges under the piece of Basic Black.
  • I then adhered the decorated piece of Basic Black to the card front.
  • I stamped the mixer image on one of the scraps of Designer Paper and then fussy cut it out.
  • Using the Stitched Framelits – Circles, I cut two circles of differing sizes, one in Very Vanilla and one in Blushing Bride.
  • I stamped the sentiment onto the Very Vanilla circle and then adhered it, off center, onto the Blushing Bride circle, using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The mixer is adhered to the circle with Stampin’ Dimensionals as well, but I wrapped a little bit of Whisper White Thick Baker’s Twine around it first.
  • Throw on some Enamel Shapes and you’re done!

Now go forth, SHOP for some great products at great prices, 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

Pals Blog Hop March 2017 – Spring Has Sprung

Pals Blog Hop March 2017Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for March 2017. We are thankful you stopped by to take a look at our 2017 Blog Hop monthly themes.  This month we are featuring Spring or Spring-related projects. We hope you enjoy our creations.

You may be just starting the Blog Hop with me or maybe you’ve just come from Debbie Crowley.  The full lineup is shown below and it will help you move along from blog to blog so you can see all the projects.

Sometimes when a new catalog comes out (I’m talking to you, Occasions 2017) or a new sale comes along (don’t think I didn’t notice you either, Sale-a-Bration) we forget that we have a year-long companion, the Annual Catalog. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love a new catty (#boughtthewholething) and who doesn’t love free (#gotduplicatesofeverySABfreebie), but once in a while it’s good to go back to the future.

Spring has sprung

Well, at least, I’m going to pretend that it has. And for my project I went through the AC (that’s Annual Catalog, for the uninitiated) and rediscovered Circle of Spring:

Pals Blog Hop 2017 #thejurassiccrafter #craftcarnivore #stampinup #circleofspring

My inspiration for this little beauty comes from a design by a fellow demo in the Netherlands, Ingrid Oudijk. Just thought it was too cute! Her projects are awesome but I have no idea what she is talking about on her page, though. I do not speak Dutch. Not a word. But hey, I can still look at the pictures. And a picture, as you know, can speak a thousand words. (But still, in Dutch).

Okay, Peeps, move along now. Time flies like an arrow and fruit flies like a banana. Enjoy the rest of the Hop and the rest of your day.

~ Amy, the Jurassic Crafter

Thanks for visiting. To continue with the hop, please click here to visit with Marilyn or you can refer to the Blog Hop Line-up below. We hope to see you on next month’s Pals Blog Hop! 

Blog Hop Line-up:  

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  3. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  4. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  5. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  6. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  7. Becky Retzer at Just in Thyme by Becky Retzer
  8. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  9. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  10. Debbie Crowley at expressivelydeb…
  11. Amy Hoptay at Craft Carnivore
  12. Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’
  13. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin’
  14. Rae Harper-Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  15. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stampin’ Habit!
  16. Jeanie Stark at Just Stampin’
  17. Lynn Tague at Beyond Beaches & Blessings
  18. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  19. Lisa Pretto at InkBig Academy Stamps
  20. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  21. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations

Pals’ Blog Hop February 2017 Catalog CASE

Pals Blog Hop February 2017 Amy Hoptay, the Jurassic Crafter, CraftCarnivore.comWelcome to the Pals Blog Hop for February 2017. We are thankful you stopped by to take a look at our 2017 Blog Hop monthly themes.  This month we are CASE’ing a project shown in a current Stampin’ Up! catalog. After all, with the Annual, Occasions and Sale-a-Bration catalogs available right now, there is much inspiration from which to choose. We hope 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 may see all the projects.

What on earth is CASE?

I’m so glad you asked! While there are many interpretations of CASE, the one I live by is Copy And Share Everything. For today’s project I decided to CASE a card I found in the Sale-a-Bration catalog. Sale a who? Well, once a year Stampin’ Up! spoils us all by giving us FREE product for every $50 we spend. Oh, and it’s cumulative, meaning that if you spend $100, you get two free items. This most happy time of year is called Sale-a-Bration. The products you chose from are in a special catalog that is only available from January 4 through March 31. Guess what, Stampin’ Up! is adding three more fabulous items for you to choose from on February 21! Yay!

Pals Blog Hop February 2017 Amy Hoptay, the Jurassic Crafter, CraftCarnivore.com

I really love this FREE stamp set called Avant Garden. It is so delicate and so versatile. I used Peekaboo Peach for the flowers, stamping once with regular inking and then by stamping off a couple of times. LOVE Peekaboo Peach! You can find this and many other amazing products by shopping at my online store.Click HERE to go check it out.

No witty repartee this time, my friends. I’m under the effects of a head cold and my brain is like cotton. Umm, maybe more like polyester and spandex that got washed and dried too many times. Until next time – stay crafty, my friends!

 

Thanks for visiting. To continue with the hop, please click HERE to go to see what Susan Itell is up to or refer to the Blog Hop Line-up below. We hope to see you on next month’s Pals Blog Hop! 

  1. Mary at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  3. Michelle Quinno at Shell Stamps
  4. Rae Harper-Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  5. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  6. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  7. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  8. Amy Hoptay at Craft Carnivore   You are here, and I approve this visit …
  9. Susan Itell at simplestampin.com
  10. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stampin’ Habit!
  11. Kim Jolley at Stampin’ Artfully
  12. Karen Gooch at Inker’s Workshop
  13. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  14. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  15. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  16. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  17. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  18. Karen Zaring Browning at Stamp With Me KZB
  19. Lynn Tague at Beyond Beaches & Blessings
  20. Shawn de Oliveira at ShawnStamps.com
  21. Angela Curry at Kindred Stampers
  22. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat
  23. Jeanie Stark at Just Stampin’
  24. Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’
  25. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  26. Becky Retzer at Just in Thyme

Stampin’ Up! Dragonfly Dreams Sympathy Card

You probably don’t think that a set of stamps called Dragonfly Dreams can lend itself to making a sympathy card, but I think I found just the right touch here by using the dragonfly on a soft water-colored background.

Dragonfly Dreams Sympathy Card

I used the Playful Palette Designer Series Paper Stack for the background. Again, probably not a color group you think of for this kind of card. I put a piece of the Playful Palette Washi tape across the bottom just for some fun color. But I really enjoyed using the new watercolor pencils to create my background. I just lightly penciled three colors in swatches down the paper and then used the aqua painter to blend them all together.

Yes, Virginia, these Dragonfly Dreams succeeded!

I sent this card to one of my daughter’s friends who recently lost her grandfather. This friend’s mother is a professional artist, and her mother commented on the background by asking “where did she get the water-colored paper background?” Score one for Stampin’ Up!, the pencils, and some H2O! I love when a plan comes together, haha!

Until next time, stay crafty, my friends!  Amy

Dragonfly Dreams or Oh, Bee-Have!

When I first saw this new Dragonfly Dreams bundle in the Spring Occasions catalog, I thought, “not impressed.” But then, as usually happens, I began seeing projects all over the place made with this set and sort of, kind of, fell a little bit in love with it! In particular the little bee. My Kate is all about bees, and she was thrilled when she saw the card I made:

Dragonfly Dreams Bee-Have! the Jurassic Crafter CraftCarnivore  #stampinup #dragondlydreams

A dragonfly, a dream, and a bee (no, they did not walk into a bar)

I tried a masking technique for this project: First I took some paper strips and made a square on the front of the card so I could stamp over the edges of the square.  I stamped the bee first, and then made a mask by cutting around the bee thinlit, shown here:

Once I had my little guy covered up, I took a sponge dauber and my crushed curry ink pad and just kind of squished it all over the square I had made by masking off the paper, stamping off in between so I had a range of shades. Once I was done I matted the card front with Basic Black. I then attached it to a regular 4¼″ x 5½″ card base in Daffodil Delight.

I sent this off as a thank you card to a good friend who always spoils me at Christmas time. We have been friends forever and have never learned how to “bee-have.” Obviously, the best kind of friend to have!

Hope you enjoyed the buzz. 🙂  Amy

Stampin’ Up! Retired Products Baby Girl Card

A good friend of mine is expecting her first female grandchild at the end of this month, so I was really excited about having a chance to make a baby girl card. I have always been a fan of pink (OMG, who doesn’t love pink?  ~ I don’t want to know, so don’t answer … 😉 ) so I pulled out some of my retired Stampin’ Up! products and here is the result:

Baby Girl Card by the Jurassic Crafter for CraftCarnivoreI love the look of pink and gray together, in this case Pink Pirouette and Smoky Slate. This is a total CASE of a card I found on Pinterest. I miss this stamp set, Zoo Babies. It’s always been one of my favorites for baby cards.

** note: my iPad is suddenly taking very blurry pictures, so I apologize for the poor image quality here. **

I also used Bitty Banners here for the “sweet baby” sentiment, and Banner Blast for the little banners for the bunting. It’s hard to tell, but I punched the smaller star out of Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper.

And for the inside of this pretty-in-pink baby girl card:

I wanted to make the inside of the card as pretty as the front, so here is what I came up with:

Baby Girl Card by the Jurassic Crafter for CraftCarnivore

I really tried to clean up these photos more but I don’t think I improved them much. Sad face. But I know that the recipient loved her card, and now I can’t wait to meet that sweet little baby. Dressed in pink, of course!

Until next time, stay crafty, my friends!   ~ Amy