Winter Blues with Petal Palette

Here’s a card that’s sure to cure your Winter Blues!

I just loved the way this turned out!  The paper is Petal Passion DSP that has been colored using my Stampin’ Blends.  There’s really no right or wrong way to use the Blends- just experiment!

This card is a Fun Fold called a Gate Card.  Very simple to make.  Give it a try!  For the card base, start with cardstock cut at 4 1/4 X 11 and score each end at 2 3/4″.  Then fold each side in towards the middle.

Take a look at the back of the paper after I colored it!  I almost like this as much as the front!!  What do you think?

Gave this card to my sweet husband for Valentine’s Day.  He’s been in the hospital in Arizona for 2 weeks- came back to Maui & had 1 nice day at home then had to go back to Maui Memorial ICU with more complications.  Hopefully he’ll be coming home today!

Thank you to everyone for your kindness and prayers during this difficult time.  My stampin’ friends are so wonderful- love you all!!  I’ve had people help prep my classes for me, mow my lawn, bring food, & loads of people praying & encouraging us.  We are truly blessed!

Don’t miss more Winter Blues Cards at the SSINK Design Team Page!

Favorite Occasions Catalog Item for Kylie’s International Blog Hop

I’m excited to be a part of Kylie’s International Blog Highlight today, where you’ll be seeing lots of favorites from the Occasions & Sale-a-Bration Catalogs!    Here’s the Designer Series Paper I can’t get enough of…Painted With Love.  It’s just gorgeous!  Shiny with beautiful textures throughout!

I’ve decided to try a new Fun Fold, called a Wiper Card.  It’s actually pretty simple- there’s just a flap inside that pops up when the card is opened.  Cute!  The first time I saw this card was when I swapped at On Stage in Salt Lake City with Audra Monk, who’s on my Inspire, Create, Share Blog Hoppin’ Team.  Thanks Audra!

I used Stitched Shapes Framelits to cut out the square.  Did you notice the pretty vellum leaves?  That’s from Sweet Soiree Embellishment Kit.  All products listed at the bottom of this post, and it’s a great time to shop!  Sale-a-Bration Time!  That means you get a FREE item for every $50 you spend!

I would love if you could take the time to vote for my card at Kylie Bertucci’s host page for this blog highlight.  The top ten winners will get to be part of an international blog hop so please vote for my project (#6)!   To vote, click on the button below, go to the gallery, then hover over the picture of the card until the little heart turns red.  You can vote by clicking on the icon below:

 Vote for Me!

If you live in the US and don’t already have a demonstrator I would love to become yours!  And if you need a copy of the Occasions Catalog, email me at createwithcheryl808@gmail.com.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Please subscribe to my blog (see email address & subscribe on the right) so that you don’t miss any of my posts.  If you’d like directions for this Wiper Card just leave it in the comment section below including your email.

Why not turn something you love into so much more… by joining my team and getting the Stampin’ Up! Starter Kit for $99, you get to choose $125 worth of ANY current Stampin’ Up! product.  And because it’s Sale-a-Bration now through March 31st, you  also get to choose TWO additional FREE stamp sets!  That’s up to a $101 value!  I would love to welcome you to my team, The Maui Big Shots!  JOIN NOW!

SSINK $50 project = FREE Sale-a-Bration!

Today I’ve made a Fun Fold Card I’m calling Both Sides Fun Fold- it has flaps on both sides of the card that open!

First you open the top flap…

then the right side flap opens for you to write your message.  Isn’t this paper pretty?!  It’s called Picture Perfect Birthday and the stack is full of beautiful designs, cut 6 X 6.

It’s Sale-a-Bration Time so you get a FREE SALE-A-BRATION ITEM with every $50 you spend now through March 31st!

Here’s my $50 recipe for this card:

  • Picture Perfect Birthday Stamp Set- $17
  • Picture Perfect Birthday DSP- $10
  • 1/4″ Ombre Ribbon- $7
  • Tutti-Frutti Adhesive Sequins- $7
  • Picture Perfect Party Classic Stampin’ Spots- $9
  • TOTAL = $50 = FREE SALE-A-BRATION ITEM!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Hope you get a chance to attend my New Catalog Launch Party on Sunday!  Lots of fun projects & prizes!!  CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS…

Be sure & stop by the SSINK PAGE to see more ideas for $50 projects!

#SSINKCC49 Color Challenge

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We’ve got a fun Color Challenge for you today at SSINK!  Sale-a-Bration’s almost here (2 more days!!) so I’m using a pretty stamp that you can get FREE with a $50 order during Sale-a-Bration!  It’s called Heartfelt Blooms and has a very realistic look- very pretty!

I just love the shimmer ribbon!  And the embossing folders!  This one is called Garden Trellis.

This is a simple fun fold card.  Take a look when it’s opened…

I love color challenges because they make me try something I wouldn’t normally have done.  Give it a try & post the link to your card on our SSINK Page!  You’ll also find more ideas from the team using these pretty colors!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Get ready for Sale-a-Bration!!

ICS Blog Hop – Join The Fold Beautiful You

Welcome to a special Inspire, Create, and Share blog hop! We recently attended On Stage in Salt Lake City with 2,700 demonstrators to see new products, hear training, and connect with friends. Our team met for dinner and to swap cards designed with fancy folds. Meeting together is the best and of course we want to share the fancy fold card designs with you!

The front of my card starts with this Beautiful You girl.  Beautiful You combined with Eastern Elegance.  Wait till you see when you open it up!!

Isn’t that cool?!!  I’m calling it a Pop Up Book Card.  I found a similar one on Pinterest, but had to convert it to fit into a standard sized envelope.

I’m not sure how to explain the fold, but here’s a diagram that I’ll be using when I make it again.

Does that help at all?  With some encouragement, I might try to make a video (my first!)  of this fun fold!  That’s something I want to challenge myself to do. But I am a bit technically challenged, as you may have noticed!  I had to laugh when I returned from On Stage & looked at my blog posts that I’d made on my IPad.  The pictures are sideways & upside down!!  Oh, brother!

Being a demonstrator means you meet people from all over the world, get to travel for events, we get the first peek at new products. Only demonstrators get the opportunity to attend Stampin’ Up! events to see the new catalog in hand, use the products, and the perk of bringing home new stamp sets, projects, and sometimes more! You can join one of our teams and receive all of these demonstrator perks. You select your starter kit, it is $125 in product but you only pay $99 and includes free shipping. Just ask your demonstrator where to get started to sign up OR if that is me CLICK HERE!

 

Be sure and continue on this blog hop!  Next up is Audra Monk, who I met at Salt Lake!  She’s so sweet and has a wonderful blog!  You won’t want to miss any of these very creative folds!  And please leave us a few comments!!

Alaskan Achievers Blog Hop for November!

Thank you for joining us on our Alaskan Achiever’s Blog Hop!  Those hopping today are Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators from all around the world who have achieved the prestigious Stampin’ Up! Incentive trip that only a limited number around the world achieve.

We will be hopping together once a month to show you ideas and designs using current Stampin’ Up! products.  I live in the United States (Hawaii) and would love to help you if you have any questions.

I have a Fun Fold Project to share with you today.  I copied the fold from my friend, Cathy Autrey, who sent me a beautiful card a while back.  Does anyone know the name of this fold?  It’s really cute & simple!

Beachy Little Christmas!  What a perfect stamp set for us Hawaiians!!  And I get to play with my new Stampin’ Blends!!  I used Cherry Cobbler, Pool Party, and Crumb Cake, and the markers come with a light and dark to make the coloring  come out great!  So easy to look like an artist!

 

Thank you for joining us today – we are so happy that you are taking part in our blog hop.  Make sure that you don’t miss out on one blog as there are some incredible designs you are going to see today to inspire you.  And please leave me a comment!!  It just makes my day to hear from my subscribers!

You are currently at my blog – Cheryl Hamilton.  Be sure and check the list below to continue on the blog hop.

BLOG HOP LIST

Step It Up! with Carols of Christmas

Today the Stylin’ Stampin’ INKspiration Team will be showing you ways to Step It Up!  This is a fun way to show your customers more options and embellishments!

I decided to start with a card I made last month using Carols of Christmas.

I liked this card mainly because of the star cutouts you get from the Card Front Builder Thinlits Dies.  These come as a bundle with the Carols of Christmas Stamp Set.

Here you can see how I stepped it up!

Remember Highlights for Kids?  I used to love those magazines when I was little!  They always had a page where you were supposed to find the differences in the 2 pictures.

So here’s your challenge:  Find the 5 (yes, five!) ways I’ve STEPPED IT UP!  I’ll send you a Christmas Card in the mail as your prize!  Place your guess in the comments section below.

Thanks for stopping by today & be sure & go to the SSINK BLOG PAGE to see their ideas!

SSINKspiration Fun Fold Challenge: Waterfall Card

Today on the SSINK Blog we have a fun fold challenge for you… Waterfall Cards!

A waterfall card is a movable card!  Pull the ribbon and watch the stamped images flip one at a time!

For my card, I’ve used A Little Wild, a fun set that displays the front & back of an elephant, a bear, & a lion.  Super cute!!

I really need to make a video to show you this card properly!  But I’m not ready to do that quite yet…  Hope you get the idea from the pictures.

Be sure and go to the SSINK Blog Page to see more Waterfall Cards!!

 

#ICS Blog Hop Colors of Courage

 

I think all of us have had friends of family with cancer.  Such a tough thing to go through.  There’s no right or wrong way to navigate through that, but one thing I’ve seen over & over is COURAGE.  Courage and faith.

As I write this post, my dear friend, Chari, is going through her first chemotherapy for breast cancer.  I can’t be with her, but we keep messaging back & forth, and that helps a lot.  When I first moved to Maui, I didn’t know anyone & I attended a Christian Woman’s Club luncheon.  Chari sat next to me & I was so touched when she just came out & asked if we could be friends.  Sure!!  She & her husband were new to the island, also, and we all ended up spending lots of time together.  We all learned to windsurf, had babies, spend many years together on Maui until they moved to Washington.

Here’s a card for Chari:

 

Double Z Fun Fold Card

Measurements:

  • Card Base Wisteria Wonder – 4 1/4″ X 11″, scored at 2 3/4″ and 5 1/2″
  • Delightful Daisy DSP – two pieces at 2 1/2″ X 4″, one at 4″ X 5 1/4″
  • White layer – 3 1/4″ X 8 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″ & 6 3/8″

God bless you, Chari!  You’ll get through this.  There are so many people who love you & are praying for you!!

Next on the hop is Terri Takashige!  You won’t want to miss her creative ideas!!

This Little Piggy for SSINK

Today the Stylin’ Stampin’ INKspiration Team will be showcasing Animal Ideas!  I chose This Little Piggy!  

Most of you probably think of playing “This Little Piggy” with your babies.  I think of something a bit different.  My dad was a HUGE Big Band Fan!!  I’d be trying to do homework after school and I’d be the one yelling at my dad to “Turn down the music!”.  Glenn Miller had a fun song called, “Boogie Woogie Piggy”  that we’d dance the jitterbug to.  That’s the song I sang to my babies when I’d tickle their toes!  Does anyone else remember that song??

Back to my card.  My daughter, Malia, actually gets the credit for this cute card!  She came up with this fun opening that has a 3rd circle on the inside for your personal note.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Be sure & hop over to the SSINK Page to see more animal ideas!

I’ll leave you with a picture of my handsome dad, probably taken around the time I was a baby.