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Hello February


Happy February!!  (can you believe it is already FEBRUARY???…  2014 is already 1/12 over…omg.)

Anyway, if you’ve been following along, you know that a couple of the Maui Stampers and I are doing a little mini-blog-hop that features our little yearly calendars.  It’s fun, cause you can see each of our take on each month!!

Well, here’s mine.  It uses the Monster Maniacs stamp set.  And, I love it…  They are so goofy.  They are perfect for Valentines. And just plain cute.



And, here is a closer look….



Well, hope you have a lovely February!!  We will be back in March with the latest in the calendar series!!

Check out the other Maui Stampers’ Calendars!!

Anne Matasci:

Cheryl Hamilton:


Remarkably Pin-able Valentines!!



Welcome to the first installment of the Remarkably Pin-able Blog Tour!!  The Stamp-of-the-Month Blog tour has morphed into this one.  And, I think you will enjoy it.  It has a bit of a different focus.  Instead of focusing on ONE stamp set, it will be thematic.  So, I think it will expand the creativity! I am excited.

This month, we are focusing on Valentines, love, or anything related to that avenue… (just in time, I might add…)

So, I have for you a Monster Maniac Valentines!  I love these cute, little monsters!!

wpid-20140107_205030.jpgThis month, I chose to make a waterfall card.  I’ve not done one of these in a LONG time, and my club members were asking to make one.  So, I thought this would be a good opportunity.  I have a quick little photo-tutorial to show you how to do it.

First, you need a strip of paper that is 1.75 by 9.75 inches (I started out at 10 inches but then took it apart and cut it down)  Score it at 2 1/4; 3; 3 3/4; 4 1/2.  For this strip, I’m suing Bermuda Bay.


Then, add adhesive in the scored sections.  I tried to take a picture… hopefully you can see the adhesive…


Next, you need 4 pieces of card stock that are 2×2.  I chose to use Whisper White so that I could stamp and color my little monsters.  Go ahead and stamp whatever you like with the understanding they will be displayed in order.  So you may want to know that you want seen first, second, third, etc…


Then, you attach these little squares to your long strip that you just cut and scored.  Decide which square will be on bottom.  you will need to put adhesive on the back of this one (keep to the center of the back of the 2×2 square) to glue onto the (Bermuda Bay) strip.  This goes on the ‘shortest’ end of the strip.


Then, you will ad the next cards on top… lining them each up with the score marks you made.  Remember, you’ve already added adhesive to the strip so that now you are just placing the cards on.  The bottom half of each card will be ‘unattached’.  This is important.

Next, you will glue the back of the ‘bottom’ of the Bermuda Bay strip (the same one in the photo above.) to a horizontal piece of paper… I am using Daffodil Delight and chose to make my paper 3/4″ x 4″.  This is what will anchor the waterfall card.


Here are a couple of pictures from the side so that maybe you can see the layers.  It seems odd that we aren’t using adhesive here.  But, we cannot if we want the card to move.  I attach the Daffodil strip with brads.



My black backing is 4×5.25″ and I am going to attach it to a white cardstock base.  You can’t really tell in the pictures, but I embossed it with the new Sale-A-Bration embossing folder!! (SNEAK PEEK…)  Attach the entire apparatus (the Daffodil c.s. and the Bermuda Bay c.s.) to the black with brads on the ends of the Daffodil c.s.


Oh, the Bermuda Bay c.s. folds at the top and comes behind itself and sticks out below the daffodil.  It needs to be a little longer so you can attach a ‘pull’ (I used ribbon I tied in a punched out hole).  I also stamped “Happy Valentine’s Day” on this.  You can’t see it in the picture, but it is a ‘hidden message’ that is revealed when you pull the strings.

wpid-20140107_205030.jpgThen, I just glued the black c.s. onto the white card base.  Easy Peasy.  Here is a picture of where I have partially pulled the string to reveal the waterfall.


And, because of all the cutting and scoring we did, the cards ‘flip’ through themselves–revealing all the precious monsters just WAITING to wish you a Happy Valentines…

I even made a little video, but apparently I don’t pay for the version of word-press that allows for videos.  Who knew…

I hope you enjoyed your little Monster Valentine!!  Now you are off to Anne Matasci!

Click on the button below to go to Anne’s site, or use the list provided at the end of the post.


Below is a list of all the participants and the links to their direct post.

Nancy Amato:

Missy Bolinger
Tamra Davis
Connie Diebler 
Sherrie Eddleblute:

Crystal Kondo:  (YOU ARE HERE)

Anne Matasci:
Audra Monk:
Maria Pane
Andi Potler:
Michele Reynolds:

Pam Staples

Jeannette Swain:

Janet Wakeland:

Spread a Little More Joy….


Welcome back to the LAST installment of the Best of Blog Tour….  In January, the tour will change to a PIN-Worthy tour…  It will be fun.

This month’s tour focuses of Spread the Joy and Monster Maniacs.  Both sets were drawn and submitted by demonstrators (well, Spread the Joy was an SU employee, but not a designer).  They are fun to see and I’ve had tons of fun playing with them.

So, if you’ve read my blog in the past, you will know that I have an infatuation with Spread the Love.  Did a whole series.  For this posts, I recycled an idea that I had made in cards… and formatted them for gifts!!  And, what perfect timing… you can whip up several of these and they are perfect for teachers… friends… and they come together as fast as a card does.




These are just the 5×8 junior legal lpads and a postit that have been decorated with paper.  The post-it includes a velcro closure.  The cardstock just attaches to the back of the junior pad and folds around to the front.  I included a pen to make it a gift-set.


My participation in craft shows has taught me that cellophane goes a long way in selling items.  So, I make it a point to try to package all my gifts.  Even though it is nothing big, having the items in cellophane is the icing on the cake when it comes to creating gifts…  People seem to really like it.

For my nod to the Monster Maniacs, I used it to create the “FEBRUARY” in my little easel calendar.  These are also very popular gifts for people…  And, they are FUN to make…



I generally don’t like to buy line-art stamps cause it takes time and energy to get them colored.  And, the solid images are just so much faster when doing multiple cards.  However, coloring these monsters was a BLAST.  I do enjoy coloring…

So, for December, I thought it fun to show  you some little ‘gifties’ for your Christmas List.  And, receiving a thoughtful, hand-created gift is just a wonderful treat.

Now you are off to see what Deb has for you:




Nancy Amato 
Melissa Bolinger
Susan Carlson
Crystal Kondo 
Deb Lehigh     
Anne Matasci  
Audra Monk    
Maria Pane     
Andi Potler      
Michele Reynolds
Pam Staples   
Janet Wakeland