Hanukkah Blog Hop: Day 4

Hanukkah 2012 Blog Hop

Welcome to the first ever Hanukkah Blog Hop! We are so excited to be able to share with you some wonderful Hanukkah related projects. We’ll be posting 2 projects a week on Sunday’s & Wednesday’s until the first day of Hanukkah on December 9th! There are 4 of us participating so that is a total of 9 hop days for a total of 36 ideas!! Are you ready to be Hanukkah project inspired?!

We hope you all enjoyed the first 3 days of our Hanukkah Blog Hop! If this is your first visit, go back and visit Day 1, 2 and 3.   And don’t forget to circle round to all 4 blogs in the hop for each of those days. 


Have you had a chance to make a few of the stars I showed you last Sunday?    I had hoped to have more tutorials and links up for you on Monday but it wasn’t to be.  Too much star gazing perhaps on my part?    Whatever caused it I’ve been down with a high fever so for the hop this time around I’m showing you a few more of my “star” creations.

Everyone in the pool!  It’s time to party!     Okay…that’s maybe a little bit over the top for an introduction of my Pool Party and Snow Flurry star.   Though I have to say…when I lived in Southern California the Hanukkah celebrations I was invited to did often end up in the pool!   Hm…maybe that’s why my hand grabbed for the pool party in the first place?   Doesn’t really explain the snowflake though now does it?  

All images and die cuts copyright Stampin’ Up!

I think I mentioned last Sunday that the flames of the Hanukkah lights remind me of starshine and today you can see that they also remind me of snowflakes.  Each one unique and glowing and starlike.  In my mind at least.  So I couldn’t help combining the two images.     Believe it or not if you place it correctly the star card will open with the snowflake in place so you can place a greeting inside then fold it closed again.  To see what the card looks like open you can see last Sunday’s star card here.   Of course you can also hang the star up like an ornament or place it on a card holder in the center of a bouquet.    Had a thought too that you could make several of the smaller stars then hang them off the larger one with fishing line or thread and then hang the entire piece from a chandelier as a decorative mobile over your table.   Of course if you live in Florida some might comment on your snowflake motif!

In case you are wondering, that snowflake is from the Snow Flurry die in the Holiday Catalog and it wasn’t cut with paper.   This time around I used aluminum flashing!  Yep…the same metal used on roofs and gutters and available fairly cheaply at your local home store.   That Snow Flurry die is one tough Bigz die and like all Bigz dies it can handle up to 50 different materials (see the list below) and flashing is one of the materials.   Some time back my local Lowe’s store had a flashing that was silver on one side and gold on the other.  Makes for a real two-fer as we used to say.   Also makes for some lovely snowflakes don’t you think?   Layer the various sized snowflakes in alternating colors with glue dots or a glue gun and top it all off with one of our large 8mm pearls.   We made just the snowflakes as winter ornaments at my last Stamp Camp.  Light and simple and fun to enclose in a card to a friend – especially if they live somewhere they don’t get to see the real thing.   Here’s a close up of  both of the stars and their details.

All images and die cuts copyright Stampin’ Up!


When I put this together I first had just the snowflake on the star and then I decided to see what setting it off would look like with a 2-1/2″ circle as a backing piece.   I was wonderfully surprised to find that the large snowflake seemed to be made with that size circle in mind.   I love that Stampin’ Up takes these kinds of details into consideration when they plan their designs.  Don’t you?

You’ll notice one little oops in the details.  We no longer sell the textured paper I used.  Not to worry though…the regular cardstock works just fine as you can see from the little star.


Stamps: none exterior – Jewish Celebrations interior – same design as that used in last Sunday’s Star here.

Paper: Pool Party Textured Cardstock, Brushed Gold Cardstock, Very Vanilla used inside

Inks: none exterior – Night of Navy interior

Other: Big Shot, Bigz Snow Flurry die (holiday catalog), aluminum flashing, Stampin’ Trimmer, Simply Score, 2-1/2″ Circle Punch,  glue dots, dimensionals

All images and die cuts copyright Stampin’ Up!



Stamps:   Jewish Celebrations

Paper:  Pool Party & Very Vanilla Cardstock, Night of Navy page from Regals Designer Series Paper Pattern Stack

Ink:  Night of Navy

Other:  Stampin’ Trimmer, Simply Score, 1″ Circle Punch, 1-1/4″ scallop circle punch (holiday catalog), glue dots, dimensionals

Here’s the list of 50 materials I promised earlier:   Big Shot approved Materials – SU flyer

and a chart I created  with dimensions and a video tutorial link for the stars: Star Fold Card Dimensions

Here’s a close up of the Snow Flurry die from the catalog page so you can see the individual shapes I layered together.  Largest snowflake is 3-5/8″ x 3-5/8″  :


 And just for fun…here’s what my Pool Party star looks like when my photo program ran an automatic color adjustment routine on it.  I can’t decide if that’s what the star would look like when done in Marina Mist or Bashful Blue.  What do you think?  Gave the silver flashing a nice purple tint too don’t you think?  Interesting that the Brushed Gold paper stayed gold…though it does look just a tad more shimmery to me.   Makes for a more traditional Hanukkah color scheme too.


Late breaking Hanukkah News…what better place than the Hanukkah Hop to spill the beans….Stampin’ Up has released a brand new My Digital Studio download kit with everything you need to create cards, scrapbook pages and any kind of Hanukkah related project you can imagine.  After seeing what Miriam did with the new download I’m contemplating using it to create table decorations and other holiday favors.    Might even create a few decorative bits to put on the fronts of  some brand new stars.   What could be easier than dropping some of the images and embellishments on a single page then punching them out and adhering to my many stars!  Perfect!    And even better…if you don’t yet have My Digital Studio…it’s on sale for 50% off during the Online Extravaganza sale this week.   Check with your demonstrator for more details.  

Hanukkah Happiness Ensemble Digital Download


Hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving tomorrow!

Thank you for hopping along with us.
Your next stop is Andi’s blog, where she is going to show you some more great Hanukkah related projects!

Make sure to come back again and visit on Sunday for Day 5 of our Hanukkah Blog Hop!

Hanukkah 2012 Blog Hop Previous  Hanukkah 2012 Blog Hop Next

Here’s a complete list of the Hanukkah Blog Hoppers in case any links don’t work.

1. Andi Potler
2. Yapha Mason
3. Miriam Permut
4. Jean FitchYOU ARE HERE!

It’s a Big Shot Christmas – quick neighbor gifts that sparkle

December is underway which means Christmas isn’t far away.  Time to get to my crafting for special friends and neighbors.   The Online Extravaganza may be over but there’s still plenty of sparkle and deals to be found in the two current Stampin’ Up Catalogs.   Some probably to be found on your own desktop too!  Would you believe I’m planning to gift some friends and neighbors with scraps!  Yep.  The many projects I’ve been working on and that are in the queue to share with you produced a lot of scraps and here’s a couple or three items rescued from the scrap heap.

My Big Shot Christmas mini gift set. Two cards (3″x3″) and a small ornament. Ornament is cut with the Bigz XL Flower Folds die from aluminum flashing from Lowe’s.  Layered with some netting then a snowflake from Northern Frost decorative strip die a small Real Red scallop circle from the Itty Bitty Punch set and a rhinestone.  This smallest flower from the die was another scrap!  A left over from the tea light holders we made sometime back that have been kicking around.  I knew they’d come in handy.    Snowflake was left from some recent holiday projects as well.  Those of you attending recent events probably recognize the flake.  I’ve had everyone punching out and die cutting the little bits for weeks and months now!   Love that die!    Ribbon is some retired Stampin’ Up gingham run through an eyelet placed with a crop a dile.  The ribbon was a Clearance Rack buy from a year or so again (love those retired SU bargains) but since I was looking for a Folk country feel with a bit of bling and polish it was the perfect counterpart to the silver embossing and glimmer paper.  Sadly Stampin’ Up no longer sells eyelets either but my drawer is still filled with them and without an eyelet the Flashing will cut the ribbon in no time.  Makes for a more finished look as well.  Taking pictures of this card had me realizing just what my sister bloggers have been talking about.  The glimmer and shine of Stampin’ Up’s Silver glimmer paper is of such high quality that the average camera just can’t help being overwhelmed!  Makes it almost impossible to see the Versamarked watermark on the Cherry Cobbler paper peeking out through the glimmer bird frame.

Cards use the Holiday Collection Movers and Shapers  bird die.  One is Whisper White run through the Snow Burst Folder on a background of French Script (retired version of En Francais) embossed in silver layered on Night of Navy with Silver cording from 2 Holiday Mini’s ago (those reels were so large they last forever – hee,hee).   Second card uses the glimmer paper negative left from another 20 swap projects.   Have you figured out that I have a bird and flake thing.   My swap buddies have come to expect wings on any card I send in.   One of these days they’ll all faint when nary a feather they see.   Won’t be anytime soon that’s for sure – LOL.    You can’t see it but French Script was watermarked with Versamark on the under layer piece of Cherry Cobbler then layered onto another 3″ x 3″ of Night of Navy.  More cording was tied across the top.

Nice little neighbor gift or even a his and her card set, for a friend with the ornament. I thought it was fun to create and  group these with the birds facing towards each other. Will present in a Fancy Favor Box or small Pizza type box with another die cut bird on the the box.  A Fancy Favor Box could also be a luminary making a fourth gift as well as a holder…still figuring that part out.   Only 23 more days to do so though so better see what else is on the scrap heap.

Paper:   Whisper White, Night of Navy, Cherry Cobbler & Silver Glimmer Paper(available in the Holiday Mini and slated to expire January 3)

Ink:  Versamark

Stamps:  French Script (retired version of En Francais)

Big Shot:     Big Shot,  Bigz XL Flower Folds die,  Holiday Collection Movers and Shapers die, Northern Frost Decorative strip die,  Snow Burst Impressions Folder 

Other:  Silver cording (ret. SU), Gingham ribbon (SU retired), rhinestone jewels, netting (fabric store), Silver Embossing powder, Heat Tool, Itty Bitty Punch Pack

If you sense me giggling right about now…you’d be right.  I have a secret and it’s killing me.  There’s another bird in my future and it’s winging its way from the future.      A future promotion that is.  And I can’t show you the die!   December 1st was a wild day as tens of thousands of Stampin’ Up demonstrators rushed to place their preorder for the Occasions mini promotion that begins  January 4th for the rest of the world.    As a demo we get a month’s jump on the rest of the Stampin’ Up fanatics (another good reason to join my team don’t you think?) in the world.  The oohing and aahing as we discussed our purchase strategy with one another online in the demo only and marvelously inspiring Stampin’ Connection was so much fun I forgot to sleep.    Now for the good news…My die will be here Monday…squeal!!   

Wonder what Wicket will think about “another” bird in the house.   This one however can bite back if she gets funny with it.   Shortly after that…while I can’t show you the die…I can…show you what I make with it!   And not only that…you may just grab a glimpse of future Sale a Bration product in action too!    That’s the double surprise SU hit us with last week.   Demo’s don’t have to wait for the Sale A Bration to start on January 24th we started earning them with our preorder purchases as of yesterday!    And should I mention Stampin’ Up ran some contests over the last couple of months and thousands of demo’s will be receiving free stamps, brads and more (yep…arriving Monday as well! ) as well as a chance at a few more stamp sets next week.   If you get a call from me then…do me a favor…pick up the phone and lets talk…you know I’ll share the loot at stamp camps and workshops so we can all have some fun with new rubber!    There’s never been a better time to be a demo than this very week.   Does SU know how to celebrate Christmas (and paranthetically my birthday in January) or what!  Yep…or what for sure and for the next several weeks!!    

Now of course I don’t want to distract you or I from the Holiday Mini that’s currently current.  There’s still a lot of terrific bargains and inspiring product found there and not only is Christmas still in the offing but so is Valentines and the need for the glimmer paper among others great craft product…and yeah…I ordered a bit of that holiday mini magic too that will be coming on Monday as well.   I’ll be showcasing that too before the mini expires  Jan 3rd.   I hope Mr. UPS is in shape…he’s going to get a work out!  Hard to believe its coming all in one 25 or 30 pound box!   Could be a Mary Poppins thing going on in that desceptively simple looking cardboard box.    You’ll be seeing some new color tones here too as I finally start playing with more of the In Colors.  Both sets are featured in the Occasions and Sale a Bration so get those colors warmed up and ready you’ll be using them for sure come the new year if you aren’t already.

One last detail about today’s project.  If you sign up and prepay for the Dec 10th Holiday Gift Camp my partners and I will be running the two 3 x 3 cards will be your bonus project!  We have mini houses, aluminum garden markers, joyful banners and more on the menu so come and enjoy for only $20 and a wonderful potluck lunch.   Email and Paypal will take care of your sign up so you can tuck some of these fun scraps into someone’s stocking or other gift.  If you can’t be there in person I’ll be happy to send you a kit with the directions you’ll need and most of the pieces prepped for you to put it all together in the comfort of your home.  Just add shipping to the basic fee.  I’ll even tuck in an ornament  for your very own tree.

So don’t forget to check your crafting area and scrap heaps.  There’s bling and gifts to be found in those there piles

Hugs and blessings as we begin our second week of Advent this Sunday. – Jean

Hopping Llamas are at it again….this time…It’s the Holiday Hop…join us!


It’s time for……

(note: the hop starts at 11:00 am (Eastern) Saturday and runs through Sunday though some links may be up earlier than that)

The Llamas are hopping again!  My llama sisters and I  have been itching to share our holiday ideas.  We’ve even scheduled a swap among ourselves for November.  So October just seemed like the right time to get the holidays started and release that holiday inspired creativity.  

This time we are featuring a variety of holidays…some standard and some not so much (at least at planning time there were hints there might be Chinese New Years, Solstice or other possibilities so keep your eyes open…one never knows just where a llama starts and where they’ll end up).

If  you are following the hop in order you’ve  arrived here at my stop on the hop from Jackies very creative addition to the Llama Holiday Blog Hop (we call her Jackers but that’s a story for another day as are the many discussions about Otters that always seem to follow her!).  Trust Jackie to add  dazzling sparkle to the holiday.  Love those doily snowflakes Miss Jackers!

I’m starting off with a little known holiday…It’s the Great Pumpkin Day!  You know…the one where the Great Pumpkin rises out of the most sincere pumpkin patch?  

What…you mean Linus and Charlie Brown made it up?  Drats!    

Okay…seriously…these little darlings are perfect for any fall celebration whether its Harvest Festival Day, Halloween or as table decor for Thanksgiving.   No carving necessary…just a bit of punching and sponging (a little glue goes a long way too!).   A perfect project for slightly older kids or youngers with a little direction and help.  Gather the family and make your very own sincere pumpkin patch.   Up to you if you skip the candy grab and wait up instead for the Great Pumpkin!

Boy do I wish my camera would show a bit more detail.  These little darlings are stamped and embossed and sponged within an inch of their life.   The ingredients are pretty basic. 

 Paper: I used First Edition DSP and Pumpkin Pie cardstock (of course anything you have in your cupboard will work too…even newspaper!).   A punch that’s symetrical and somewhat round:  I used the  Round Tab Punch.   Then I added some glue and a bit of ribbon for the stem (hard to see since I used Crumb cake) then add a bit of curled shreds of Crumb Cake to add a little interest and dimension.  Oh…and I stamped a little tiny image from Circle Circus…a favorite set that luckily survived the catalog changeover.  For the stepped up version – after stamping run it through the Big Shot with your favorite embossing folder.   Come back next week and I’ll show you the layout and outline the details a bit more.   In the mean time….as a It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown treat….Here’s a fun video for you to play while building your own pumpkins!



In keeping with the Fall theme I have going,  the next project is one from a recent stamp camp.  My friend and upline Cheryl (without whom I’d never be a llama or an SU Demo) with a little help from Frenchie Martin’s very helpful tutorial found here designed this wonderful Joseph’s Coat technique card using Autumn Splendor & the new Occasions Alphabet.  

I love the text she chose since Thanksgiving is, for me, about togetherness and celebrating our blessings for another year.  Truly love is the greatest blessing!    Photographing this project reminded me once again how tricky Glossy paper is to get just right.   But keeping the glare shot allowed me to  show the hidden acorn layer.   When I first saw this design it brought back childhood memories of creeks with floating leaves and acorns and rocks and other bits  from the creek bed reflected and magnified by the running, swirling water.    Makes the glare seem almost necessary now doesn’t it…a sunspot reflection in the water.

Stamp Sets – Autumn Splendor, Occasions Alphabet, A Word for You, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Card Stock – Cajun Craze 8 ½”x 5 ½” and scrap, Old Olive 5 ¼”x 4” and scrap, Glossy 5”x 3 ¾”

Ink – Versa Mark, Cajun Craze, Old Olive, More Mustard, Early Espresso Classic Ink pads

Punches – Large Oval, Scallop Oval, 3/16” Corner

Accessories – Clear Embossing Powder, Dimensionals

Cool Tools – Sponges, Heat Gun, Paper Piercer & mat

Thanks Cheryl for guesting on our hop!


My last project is a combo.  Perfect for Christmas and with these Baja Breeze colors and a change of sentiment it works for Hanukkah as well.   Wouldn’t you love to find something small and sparkly in this little treat box?   

And the best thing about these projects…they are so very simple.  The basic card and the die cut tag (and the base for the box) are from the Simply Sent kit Everyday Elegance.   With the addition of a snowflake (from the Northern Frost die) and a bit of ribbon and the use of the Merry Christmas from Four the Holidays an everyday card becomes an elegant holiday greeting.    Change it to the Happy Hanukkah from one of our other stamp sets and you are also good to go for yet another holiday.   That splash of red is our new quilted ribbon from the holiday mini.  I considered adding a Cherry Cobbler snowflake for my Twilight obsessed readers but decided to keep it a tad more traditional – besides the idea of blood coloring the flake was just a little icky for this reader.    And yes…the little box is made from the same card base as the card.    And that reflecting jewel is a very affordable little Simply Adorned Bauble (who says only diamonds are a girls best friend?) threaded through the Whisper White Tafetta Ribbon.  I’ll be back next week to share the details and a fabulous PDF from a fellow demo so you can make a mini box of your own.  

Oh…and one last special note about this project….the Simply Sent kits are featured in a current October only Stampin’ Up Promotion!  Make just a few of these little darlings and you could earn yourself some free stamps!


Time now to move along to Kathe’s stop on the hop.  Click the button below or this link.  Of course if you get lost anywhere along the line or you just want to see the list of hoppers you can always return to the blog hop home page by clicking on the appropriate button or this link.  The home page will also give you future access to this hop as well as our first time hop links.  Enjoy!

Hugs and Blessings – Jean

Distressing Essentials Kit: ink spot refills now available!

Great news for those who love the Distressing Essentials Kit and a vintage look.


Distressing Essentials Kit – Order #118762   Cost: $19.95


Stampin’ Up has  just announced that vintage stampin ink refills for the  distressed ink stampin spots are now available as a write in item on your order.

  • 125731 Tea Stain Vintage Stampin’ Ink refill $4.95 US/$5.95 CA 
  • 125732 Charcoal Vintage Stampin’ Ink refill $4.95 US/$5.95 CA 
  • 125733 Mahogany Vintage Stampin’ Ink refill $4.95 US/$5.95 CA
  • 125734 Navy Blue Vintage Stampin’ Ink refill $4.95 US/$5.95 CA


Tips on re-inking a distress ink spot:

 Re-inking a Vintage Ink Spot is different than re-inking a Classic Stampin’ Pad or Spot.  To create a distressed, aged appearance, a Vintage Ink Spot should be drier than a Classic Stampin’ Pad.  When it’s too dry–that is, the ink applies more lightly than you like on your projects–you should re-ink the Spot. To re-ink your Vintage Ink Spot, do the following: 

  1. Using the eyedropper in the Vintage Ink Refill, apply ink one drop at a time in equal, thin stripes on the pad.  Do not saturate the pad; it needs to be drier than a Classic Stampin’ Pad.  Let the ink settle into the pad for a few minutes before continuing. 
  2. Using the edge of a credit card, drag the ink diagonally across the pad from corner to corner.  This will ensure that the ink is heavier in some places than others, which is necessary to create a distressed appearance.
  3. Blot lightly with a paper towel to remove excess ink.


New to the Distressing Essentials Kit or Distressing in general?

I’ve got a flyer here with links and tips for using the kit.

Distressing Essentials Kit Flyer – PDF version

Distressing Essentials Kit Flyer – Word version

When I get a chance to play a little more with this kit I’ll post more information and pictures for you on its many features.  

If you need the kit or just want the refills both are available through my online store (see link in the sidebar) or send me an email with your order.

Hugs and blessings – Jean

Halloween Wreath and a Guest Artist

Hi all,

Have you jumped on the rosette/lollie/accordion flower bandwagon yet?   By whatever name you call them these little darlings are taking over the web!     Maybe it was the introduction of Stampin’ Up’s new Holiday Mini with its very cool wreath depicted on page 6 or maybe it was the introduction of the new Simply Scored that makes it so easy to create these little darlings.   Whatever it was, a very good friend of mine has jumped on and I’ve learned a lot from her.   So…..

Today I have a special treat.   A guest artist has dropped by my blog to share her wonderful project.   Patti Leeke is another Stampin’ Up!  demo, a fellow llama and more than that…a wonderful friend.  Currently living in Tennessee Patti shares her crafting talents with friends, family and customers.   Stamping has been her passion for the last short while and I hear tell she even stamps out on the ice floes while her husband is ice fishing!   And let me tell you she isn’t a one trick gal by any means.   She’s as famous for her humor and good heart as her crafts.  Every day she sends me howlers in my inbox as well as telling stories on the various forums we both frequent and where we met around a virtual watercooler.   Trust me when I say…there is never a dull moment no matter where she is!  

Recently I saw Patti’s Halloween wreath on our private Llama site and was so impressed.   Well I was impressed with her work that’s for sure and even more that she had posted something online.  Hee,hee.   Knowing her love hate relationship with computers and they with her (boy can she tell some hilarious stories that beat my own crazy computer experiences) and since I’ve yet to convince her to take up blogging, I asked if I could share her work with fellow stampers on my blog.   Being the terrific llama gal pal that she is she said yep!  Go for it.   We even collaborated on an outline to share with you.

Here’s the wreath and the following are pics of the various components.  

I might add that one of the things Patti taught me with this project is that stamping and a variety of punch creations can add a lot to the basic rosette.  Somehow that hadn’t occurred to me as most of what I’d seen was a layered effect with buttons and die cuts etc.   I should also note that some of the color shades are a tad funky due to the miracle of digital cameras.   It seems I’m not the only one afflicted with one that looks perfect on the little LED screen and then transforms once its downloaded onto the computer!

Little Witch Rosette

Boo Rosette

Three Hanging Spiders Rosette

Big Button Rosette

Bat Rosette

Jack-O-Lantern Rosette

Button Rosette

House of Haunts Rosette

Happy Halloween Rosette

Spooky & Antique Brad Rosettes

Boo Pennant Rosette

Pretty much everything but the bat punch pieces are current Stampin’ Up product.   Currently the bat punch IS available in the Clearance Rack of the online store.  If you want to use it…better grab it quick!  

 To see a list of supplies and a few basic directions, as well as links to where you can learn how to make these rosettes for yourself, download Patties outline PDF.

Patti’s Rosettes & Halloween Wreath – PDF

Thanks Patti for starting off October on my blog with Halloween fun and spooky high fashion.   And never fear my friend…love or hate your computer my goal is still to get you up and blogging in time for our next Llama blog hop on October 22nd!   Gotta share those shoes you’ve been making!   Also have you earn that Computer Guru of the Household title for real!


If you are looking for help on making rosettes here’s a few helpful sites with tutorials:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BorVDVTxRaI – simply score tour and rosette ornament

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjJnP23LHXE – detailed view of creating rosettes

Alternate method using thread:


And a few tips:


When using a scoring tool, like the Simply Scored, it is easier to fold the strip accordion style if you score on one side of the strip for every other score line, then flip the strip over, and do the other score lines. For example, if scoring every ½ inch, then on one side score every inch, flip over, and score the alternating every inch.  When you go to fold, the paper will want to fold in the direction of the scoring, making the back and forth accordion style much easier!


Need to keep costs down?  Use the button embosslit to create button embellishments for Rosette Wreaths, etc. – cover with Crystal effects to approximate shine of the real thing.

Glue gun seems to work the best for holding down rosettes over time and to attach to wreath backing.

I’ll be back another day to share more cool Rosette links, tutorials and projects.   As well as a look at our new scoring tool the fabulous…Simply Scored.    Until then, to see more about it download the Holiday Mini from my sidebar and check it out.   Or better yet…go to my online store (linked in the sidebar) and pick one up of your very own and just get scoring!

Hugs and blessings to you all – Jean

Fabulous Phrases – more goodies from the Llama Blog Hop!

Hi All,

Here’s another fun idea that had its origins in the Llama Blog Hop!   Speaking of which I hope you enjoyed that hop.  I’m still returning to my fellow llamas blogs to find more inspiration and ideas.    All the original hop posts are still accessible from this link – http://stampinllamas.blogspot.com/2011/09/doing-llama-hop.html

AND…we have another hop scheduled for October 22nd that will feature various holiday projects from Thanksgiving to Chinese New Years and any other holiday that enters our wild and wooly llama thoughts.  So stay tuned for more llama fun and inspiration.

In my hop post here in addition to the birdhouse template and directions I shared yesterday I  showed you what can be done with Stampin’ Up’s Fabulous Phrases stamp set and the birdhouses.     As I started building more houses I needed more ideas for what other word or phrase I could use so I returned to the stamp set and discovered a fun new game. 

Check this out…..

Fabulous Phrases pg. 163 in the catalog

Wood Mount: #117002  $37.95     Clear Mount: #120501  $26.95


Whether you use them together or apart these words add a lot to any project.


How many phrases do you see?   And here’s another hint….with selective inking you can create more words from what you see here.

Get your pen and pencil out and join in the fun then download my list (or just scroll down).

 Fabulous Phrases Word List & Game sheet  – PDF

And here’s the Game Sheet all by itself:

Fabulous Phrases game sheet – PDF

Now that you’ve tried it here’s what I’ve come up with.  Though I must admit…I’m still seeing new and fun bits every day the more I think about it.


 happy birthday

happy birthday to you

forever friend

celebrate today (place to and day close together with SAMJ)

enjoy life

love life

celebrate love

celebrate life

welcome little one

welcome beautiful little one

heartfelt wishes

thanks to you

best wishes

heartfelt best wishes

heartfelt gratitude

gratitude forever

to you

best friend

sweet thanks

sweet dreams

to celebrate one sweet little one

welcome to life little one

enjoy life little one

enjoy one sweet birthday

welcome happiness today (place to and day close together with SAMJ)

fabulous forever friend

enjoy dreams, love, life

birthday wishes

heartfelt birthday wishes

hi & welcome to life little one

wishes for happiness

friend to friend

heartfelt wishes for happiness

kind, sweet, fabulous friend

Words within words (selectively ink with a marker):

joy – from enjoy

ever – from forever

come – from welcome

birth – from birthday

mile – from smile

rate – from celebrate

heart – from heartfelt

felt – from heartfelt

today (combine “to” and “day” )

we – from sweet

a – from day

thank – from thanks

wish – from wishes

end – from friend

More selective phrases

you rate

you rate sweet birthday dreams

come & celebrate

thank you for life (now that’s something a mother would love to hear on Mother’s day)

a day for love, a day for happiness (wedding card text or Valentines Day)

we love you

we wish you love

best wishes for a beautiful life

heart to heart


Hope you enjoyed the game.   I bet you’ll never look at a set of words the same way again!   Bet this also makes this set seem much more reasonably priced too!    Feel free to click on over to my online store and order your own set today!    And if you come up with more phrases or words built from these I’d love to hear from you so I can expand my list!

Hugs and blessings my friends – Jean

Do Llama’s Hop? Yep, they do…check it out!

Welcome to the first Stampin’ Up Llama blog hop.  We’ve taken the new 2011-2012 catalog and divided it into sections for our hop, with each llama participating featuring a different section.    You’ve hopefully arrived from my Llama friend’s Stephanie’s blog  (loved her very real looking fireplace!) – if not…not to worry you can click on the llama blog hop home page and find your way through the links.   This is our first hop so though we’ve tried to avoid technical difficulties there’s no guarantees there won’t be the occasional glitch.

Since Fall and the holidays are now upon us – though here in Southern Oregon Summer tempatures are refusing to leave – the projects I’ve chosen to showcase for the hop will have a taste of Fall and Christmas – though two are also perfect year round.

The mechanics of the hop are simple.  You will find links at the end of this post to move on to the next Llama Blog or back to the main Llama Hop Blog page.  Should you get disconnected anywhere along the way you can always return to the main hop page to find the next link in the hop.  

I hope you’ll take a moment to let each of the Llamas know what you think and leave a little comment love.  Many of us are  first time hoppers and first time bloggers with hop posts being the first ever post in some cases.    We’ve recently gotten the hang of swapping with each other and now we are going to do the Llama hop together!    Who says llamas don’t enjoy group events??  Not me!

And in case you are wondering…my stamping archeologist friend Darrah tells me the correct pronunciation of Llama sounds like Yama (ll’s in Spanish are pronounced like a Y and since Llama’s unlike the Dali Lama come from Peru that would appear to be the correct language to use.   To check out who the Llama’s are and why we are check out the main blog hop page here or click the hop banner or click the icon at the bottom of the post to visit that page.


To begin…my assigned section (and yep I lobbied for it) is Greetings.   Yep…words, words and more words.   Not a big surprise is it that I love words…LOL!  I’m not sure why but many shy away from this vital section of the catalog.    Perfect for the inside of a card they also work as focal images, accents and more.

First up is my frugal and clean and simple single stamp Elegant Thank You – elegantly embossed in gold.  Surprise.  I bet you though this would appear in the A La Carte section of the catalog…and yes it does appear there in this new catalog.   What I didn’t realize before I started writing this post is that it was also in the Greetings section of last years catalog so I thought I was being tricky by picking a double posted item.  Turns out the trick was on me.   Hm…have I mentioned that llama’s live at high altitude?  Could be why they sometimes get tricked when they intend to do the tricking!  Stampin’ Up! removed this wonderful stamp from the Greetings section…but stubborn llama that I am…I’m moving it right back!  LOL!

Simple 4×4 card that fits in a standard envelope you can make these in minutes and in sets and have them ready for any occasion.   Come back later this week and I’ll show a few more variations I’ve come up with.  My favorite stamp used here isn’t a stamp at all but a clear block stamped in Crumb Cake ink then stamped on the card!   Now if only you could see the Dazzling Diamonds that are dusted across the Soft Suede butterflies.  Drat that picky scanner!


Stamps: Elegant Thank You,  Kindness Matters, Clear Block Size C

Ink: Crumb Cake & Soft Suede Classic Inks, Versamark

Paper: Very Vanilla Cardstock

Other: Gold Embossing Powder, Heat tool, 3/16″ corner rounder punch, Scallop Circle punch, dimensionals, two-way glue, Dazzling Diamonds, Sponge Dauber.


Next up:

 This simple and quick Christmas card features one of my favorite Greetings stamp sets – God’s Blessings – found on page 161 of the catalog.  To see the rest of the images in the set click here – there is something in the set for every occasion.   As you can see this text image stamped in Soft Suede works for a focal image as well as a greeting.   The background is an image from Best Friends Forever stamped in Wild Wasabi on Wild Wasabi.  I thought the ivy-like image fit the Christmas theme quite well and coordinated with the Wild Wasabi striped ribbon.   What says Christmas more than Green and Red color combos and a touch of gold embossing with a flourish image from Kindness Matters to add to the meaning of the greeting.  And in case you haven’t noticed…this years catalog samples are filled with Wild Wasabi as a color choice.  I have to admit it wasn’t one of my favorite colors when it first came out but as you can tell it’s grown on me.


Stamps: God’s Blessings, Best Friends Forever, Kindness Matters

Inks: Wild Wasabi, Soft Suede, Versamark

Papers: Wild Wasabi, Real Red, Very Vanilla Cardstocks

Other: Gold Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Wild Wasabi 1-1/4″ Striped Grosgrain Ribbon


Lastly is my 3D offering.  Using a template available from your Stampin’ Up Demonstrator (courtesy of SU’s template library) I created a pair of birdhouses that make use of two different greeting stamp sets that show how you can use greetings for accents.   My apologies for the poor image quality.  My camera images after importing took a bizarre turn all their own that overexposed what originally looked just fine.  I’ll try to repost better images later this week.

The one house has a bit of a fall theme as it also uses the wreath image from the Holiday Mini Hostess set Warmest of Wishes in addition to the “love you” image from Short and Sweet.   The other house uses the phrase “Welcome” from the set Fabulous Phrases.

Take a look at this closeup and you’ll see the other reason I love Short and Sweet.   It comes with coordinating images.  A little hard to see but along the roofline is stamped a series of flower images.  This design has me thinking I’ll be ready for Chinese New Years too.   To see all the words and coordinating images for Short and Sweet click here.  Once again a set with phrases and images for every occasion.   Come back next week and I’ll link you in to the template for this simple birdhouse along with directions for putting it together (better pictures too I hope).


Stamps: Short and Sweet, Warmest of Wishes(holiday mini)

Ink: Cherry Cobbler

Paper: Cherry Cobbler, River Rock, Very Vanilla

Other: 1-1/4″ Circle Punch, Simply Scored Tool, Very Vanilla 1/4″ Grosgrain Ribbon, Sticky Strip



And a closeup of the other birdhouse featuring Fabulous Phrases that you can find here.  Another of my favorite sets.  I love the type style and the variety of phrase you can create using all the various words.   Check back next week and I’ll have a list of some sample phrases you can create using this fabulous set.   Check out too the use of the latest in letterpress plates from the new catalog…the Fancy Fan Letterpress Plate!  I used this to create this gingerbread looking roof that will take this little birdhouse from Fall to Winter and the Christmas Season.    I used the dynamic duo from the Color Coach of River Rock and Always Artichoke for my Greens and Cherry Cobbler for my red.  The little flowers remind me of my late Mother in Laws favorite Christmas Cactus that always graced her porch in Santa Barbara, California during the holiday season.  The little loop of copper wire means you can hang this birdhouse as well as set it on a shelf or other flat surface.  The only thing missing is a bird to nest and start a family.  In my house with my cat Wicket…that missing feature is a good thing!


Stamps: Fabulous Phrases

Ink: Cherry Cobbler

Paper: River Rock, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla Cardstocks.  Always Artichoke page from the Regals Patterns Designer Series Paper Stack

Other: 1-1/4″ Circle Punch, Itty Bitty Blossom Punch, Crop a Dile (used as a punch for flower centers) Simply Scored Tool,  Sticky Strip, Fancy Fan Letterpress Plate, Big Shot, Paper Trimmer, copper wire.


I hope you’ve enjoyed our very first Llama hop!  We’ll hopefully be back for another one in the near future once we’ve all regrouped in the pasture, caught our breath and figured out the group dynamics of blogging as a virtual group as well as stamping together.   Hopefully we’ve answered the question…Do Llama’s Hop?   Yes…we do!

Next stop on the hop is my Llama friend Kathe D …. don’t forget to leave her some llama comment love!

Llama Hugs and Blessings to you all (including my fellow Llama’s) – Jean


Quick Tip: Stampin’ Up’s Ribbon Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch works for Counted Cross Stitch!

Hi All,

Just a quickie post tonight.  I wanted to show you my latest addiction…actually a renewed addiction – Counted Cross Stitch Stampin’ Up style!

Year’s ago and back when my eyes were still eagle sharp I was a Counted Cross Stitch freak.  I have almost nothing to show for it as I tended to give away everything I made but most days found me with a needle in hand adding color to aida cloth.  There are a few incomplete pieces that maybe one day I’ll finish and keep for myself…sigh… another item for the to do list.   😀   

Anyway when I got a chance to play with the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch (more commonly known as the ribbon punch) I realized the spacing was perfect for cross stitching.  And I couldn’t resist playing with the idea.  Turns out the White Baker’s Twine from the Summer Mini is the perfect pairing.  Slightly thinner than the mixed color versions and no worries about how the striping will work on the stitches too.    This little tag card  is from a May Stamp Camp and  a set I created to fit inside the Milk Carton from the Mini Milk Carton die also from Stampin’ Up.  Turns out you can fit about 12 of these little beauties inside the mini milk carton.   When I get a good picture of the birdhouse Cheryl made from the milk carton I’ll show you the rest of the little mini cards.  The sizing on the little cards is 1-1/2″ x 1-3/4″ (folded).   Great little scraplings basically and limited only by your imagination and the scraps on your table.

I could also say this is a sneak peek from the new Idea Book & Catalog coming July 1.   Both Pretty Postage stamp set and the Bakers Twine are in the new catalog!  YAY!

Supplies list:

Stamps: Pretty Postage (Summer Mini & new IBC)

Ink: Cherry Cobbler Classic Ink

Paper:  Cherry Cobbler, Not Quite Navy & Crumb Cake Cardstock

Other: Small Tag Punch, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch, White Baker’s Twine, needle

I used my Stampin’ Up White Gel Pen to mark where you would make your first set of  diagonal stitches then go back the other direction to make the crosses.   Quick and easy and I can do a short piece like this in under 3 minutes.


Don’t you think this little guy has a bit of a nautical feel (maybe its just the colors everyone is using with Open Sea these days)?  Did you know sailors used to do needlework too?  Besides stitching and repairing the canvas sails?   I’ve seen some amazing examples of Colonial era sailors stitch work in East Coast museums.   Hm…wonder if those tuna fisherman today keep up the traditions?   

May your stamping dreams be filled with little x’s….

Hugs and blessings – Jean

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