Poppin’ Pineapples!

Pineapples are a big thing here on Maui!  They’re sweet & delicious & one of my favorite things to snack on.

Anyone ever had that Pineapple Whip at Disneyland?!!  On a hot day after riding on the crazy Jungle Cruise?  Yum!!

Pineapples are also a symbol for hospitality and welcome!

Today the theme is “Friday Favorites” at Stylin’ Stampin’ INKspiration!


The background paper is Pop of Pink Specialty DSP.  I’ve used most of it up for pink & black cards, but love the gold with the pineapple!

Card Details:

  • Stamps:  Pineapple, A World of Thanks
  • Ink:  Night of Navy, Crushed Curry
  • Paper:  Night of Navy Card Base (4 1/4 X 11, score at 5 1/2), Gold Foil Sheet (5 1/4 X 4), Pop of Pink Specialty DSP (5 X 3 3/4)
  • Accessories:  Wink of Stella- Gold
  • Tips:  Yes, I had to fussy cut the pineapple!  Leave a little tag on the spikey leaf part to glue to the base.  Then I popped it up using dimensionals.


Here’s another card.  Same DSP but different stamp set:  Pop of Paradise

Hope you enjoyed my cards today!  Be sure & check out the SSINK Team Friday Favorites!


Casing the Holiday Catalog

Today I’m joining the SSINK Team to CASE the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog!  Specifically the cards on page 12.  I can’t seem to get the picture here, so you’ll have to turn to page 12 for a look, or just trust me!


I decided to pull out one of my new Designer Series Papers.  This month is “Buy 3, Get 1 FREE month for Designer Series Papers!!

This one is called Festive Birthday.  The colors are gorgeous and it’s very “festive & fun”!


Here’s another card…same idea.  I really love the little banner stamped in the corner!  That’s from Sweet Home Stamp Set.

I love being a part of the Stylin’ Stampin’ INKspiration Team!!  They really challenge me to come up with new ideas and it keeps me very busy doing what I love…stamping!  Be sure & check out what they’ve done with page 12 of the Holiday Catalog.  Maybe they’ve been able to post a picture of that page!

Showing off Some Birthday Cards!

I’ve received so many amazing cards for my birthday and want to share photos of some of them!


This is one of my favorites!!  Remember the Washi Tape Punch?!  Glad I still have mine!  These remind me of some bell bottoms I had in 8th grade that I sewed floral fabric into the bottom outside legs!  Groovy!


Work of Art!


Pretty card!  I love this set!


My nephew, Abe sent me this pretty card he made using My Paper Pumpkin.  Thanks, Abe!  Did you know Abe & I were “famous” this week?!!  We were featured in Stampin’ Up! Succeed Weekly!


Paper Pumpkin in Unexpected Places

Several years ago, demonstrator Cheryl Hamilton brought some stamping supplies over to her mother-in-law’s house so the family could have some fun crafting. Her mother-in-law wasn’t interested and the supplies sat on the table for a few days until her nephew came to visit. Cheryl asked Abe, who has Down syndrome, if he’d like to make a card from her Paper Pumpkin kit. He dove right in and he didn’t stop until the entire kit was complete! He’s been hooked on Paper Pumpkin ever since.
His mom, Vicki, shares that, “Abe loves art and has always liked art classes. Because he is challenged in the area of fine motor skills, he would often get discouraged with his results. But when he started getting Paper Pumpkin, he was so proud of the great cards and crafts he could turn out! Paper Pumpkin is so foolproof and the results are guaranteed to be beautiful. So, he feels so successful and can’t wait to get the next box!”
Cheryl says an unexpected bonus is she’s grown closer to her nephew because of Paper Pumpkin even though she lives in Hawaii and he in New Mexico. They send pictures and comments to each other on Facebook every month after the new kit comes out. She’s had some of her fellow demonstrators send him cards for his birthday, as well. What did he have to say about that? Pretty much what we all think: “It does make my heart feel so happy to get cards in the mail.”

Don’t you love it?!!  I think Abe should be the Paper Pumpkin Spokesperson!!  Speaking of Paper Pumpkin, I have a new orange box on the table that’s been calling my name…

Favorite Ribbon from the Holiday Catalog


* 3 spools, 1 each of 3 colors: Delightful Dijon, Mint Macaron, Rich Razzleberry
* 3/8″ (1 cm) wide
* 5 yards (4.6 m) each spool
* 100% polyester

I find myself using this ribbon over & over.  Love the rich fall colors!  It helps that it matches my favorite Designer Series Paper:  Petals & Paisleys!

Here’s a card I made to show off both:paisley-dsp-create-with-cheryl

The inside says, “for all the thoughtful things you do”.  Love that!  It’s from Floral Phrases Stamp Set.

Here’s the card details:

  • Stamps:  Floral Phrases
  • Inks:  Rich Razzleberry
  • Paper:  Very Vanilla Base (5 1/2 X 11, scored at 4 1/4), Mint Macaron (5 1/4 X 3), Petals & Paisleys Specialty DSP (5 X 2 3/4 – cut 1/2″ at bottom & turn over to use the back side)
  • Accessories:  Ribbon 3/8″ Trio Pack (Rich Razzleberry), Paisley Framelits Dies


Aren’t these colors gorgeous?!!

  • Delightful Dijon
  • Rich Razzleberry
  • Soft Suede
  • Night of Navy
  • Cajun Craze
  • Mint Macaron
  • Very Vanilla

It’s time to stop by Stylin’ Stampin’ INKspiration for a look more favorite Ribbons & Twines from the Holiday Catalog!

Barnyard Babies!

One of our Stylin’ Stampin’ INKspiration Team gals, Tobe Buffenbarger, just had a baby!!  Quentin is his name & he’s adorable!!

I love giving books for baby gifts, so Quentin’s getting one that was a favorite of my girls, Moo, Baa, La La La! by Sandra Boynton.  This book was my inspiration for this card:


I knew I needed this set, living in Upcountry Maui.  Most of you think of Maui as beautiful beaches.  There is that!  But when I take a walk in the morning I’m greeted by lots of chickens, cows, sheep, goats, and even an occasional pig that’s loose!  I love living up here because it’s a lot cooler at this elevation and we have a beautiful view of Haleakala Crater.


Here’s 2 of my buddies looking for a papaya handout!


Hope you enjoyed my card today!  And Quentin, I hope you love your new book!  Be sure & check out the SSINK Team’s other baby cards for Quentin!

#SSINKCS38: Card Sketch

This is one of my favorite Card Sketches!  

]I could have gone in so many directions with this, but reached for By the Shore Designer Series Paper to get the idea started.ssink-october-card-sketch

I used the “Rock ‘N Roll Technique to jazz up the stamped images a bit.  That’s done by inking the image in one color, then rolling the stamp edges around in another color.

Don’t you like that burlap ribbon?!  It has a tiny touch of bling.

Here’s the card details:

  • Stamps:  Seaside Shore
  • Ink:  Crumb Cake & Marina Mist
  • Paper:  Crumb Cake Card Base (5 1/2 X 11, scored at 4 1/4), Dapper Denim (5 1/4 X 4), By the Shore DSP (5 1/8 X 3 7/8)
  • Accessories:  Layering Circles Framelits Dies, Burlap Ribbon, Gold Sequin Trim
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I think this is a good masculine card.  I think I can get away with 4 sequins for a guy, don’t you?

Be sure & stop by the Stylin’ Stampin’ INKspiration Team to see what they’ve done for this great card sketch!

Downline to the Rescue!


I’ll tell you the story behind this bag…

A couple of weeks ago I got over my head with a Stamping Class!  It was immediately following a Downline Meeting with my group, The Maui Big Shots!  I was basically prepped for my Christmas Gift Class, but had some texts & emails on Friday when I was at work.  I knew I would have to prep for a few more, but I figured I could do it during class time.

I ended up having 15 – 16 people at class!!  I still don’t even know!  Great problem to have, huh?!  I had no time at all to cut more things out.  I’m so grateful to several of my downline who stayed to help!!

I learned 2 important things from this class, actually 3:

  • Always prep a little more than you need!!  The more organized the better!!!
  • Don’t use the same supplies for different projects (unless you have duplicates).  I was using Real Red Ink Pads in 2 of the projects (with 1 ink pad) & had to constantly look around for the ink pad!
  • Third thing…I can count on my friends!! 🙂


I just realized I should have made a pitchfork, not a broom.  Oh, well.  I know they’ll enjoy the little gifts they find inside!  Thanks again, gals!!

Quick & Easy Card for SSINK Design Team

It’s actually difficult to come up with a simple card!  I tend to keep adding embellishments & layers.  But today the Stylin’ Stampin’ Gals are posting “Simple Cards”.

This type of card is really simple but the effect is so nice!  I call it a Negative Image Card.


I found the idea for this card from Mary Fish, who’s about to reach $1,000,000 in sales!  Can you imagine?!!

Card Details:

  • Stamps:  Made With Love
  • Ink:  Early Espresso
  • Paper:  Mint Macaron Card Base (5 1/2 X 11, scored at 4 1/4), Presents & Pinecones DSP (5 1/4 X 4), Mint Macaron (3 X 4), Cherry Cobbler scrap
  • Accessories:  Babies First Framelits Dies, Balloon Framelits Dies, Baker’s Twine

Here’s a couple more cards I made using the same design.  Which one do you like the best?



Thanks for stopping by.  Be sure & go over to the SSINK page to see their ideas for “Simple Cards”!

Favorite Designer Series Paper


Stampin’ Up! has a great sale this month on Designer Series Paper!   Buy 3, get 1 FREE!  Today the SSINK Team is focusing on their favorite DSP.  I have to admit I change my mind about this weekly, but I really love the colors in the paper, Blooms & Bliss!

Card Details:

  • Stamps:  Build a Birthday
  • Ink:  Rich Razzleberry
  • Paper:  Blushing Bride Card Base (5 1/2 X 11, scored at 4 1/4), Blooms & Bliss DSP (5 1/2 X 4,  then make a cut at 2 3/4″ that’s 1 1/2″ long- I just use my cutter & place the paper at the 2 3/4″ mark & move the blade down to 1 1/2″ then cut up from there), Rich Razzleberry & Sahara Sand scraps
  • Accessories:  Botanical Builder Framelits, Rhinestones


Buy 3 Get 1 Free

Be sure and check out what the other Stylin’ Stampin’ INKspiration girls have chosen for their favorite Designer Series Paper!