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Posted on : Apr 20 2014
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My First Mother’s Day Card of the Year!

Aloha, all!

     And welcome to Day 5 of my series of greeting cards using Stampin' Up! Designer Series Papers that will be retiring next month.  It's also a Friday, which means it's once again Sketch Frenzy Friday Challenge Day!  Love the sketch as it's close to one I use fairly frequently.  In fact, I used a very similar sketch just this past Wednesday in my project featuring the Etcetera Designer Series Paper.


     I know you've seen this set of papers quite frequently on my blog as I really do love the Gingham Garden Designer Series Paper set – and these are two of my favorite designs from the set.  They go together so well!

     To accent the floral print, I chose to use Midnight Muse Cardstock and the Midnight Muse Stitched Satin Ribbon mainly because I really wanted to use the ribbon with this project.  The actual dark blue color in the print is Night of Navy, and there isn't such a nice card-making ribbon as the Midnight Muse ribbon.  Besides, that ribbon AND the Midnight Muse Cardstock AND the Midnight Muse Classic Ink I used are ALL retiring next month!  Unfortunately, the Midnight Muse cardstock has already run out, so I can no longer recommend that you purchase it.

     I also cannot suggest you purchase the stamp that I used for this card, because it's not for sale!  This deightful Mother's Day Stamp was offered exclusively as part of this month's My Paper Pumpkin kit.  I'm especially liking the new My Paper Pumpkin stamps because they've been Photopolymer stamps, which are a deam with which to work.  The only other large Mother's Day stamp I have refers to "my" mother having a Happy Mother's Day, and my mother passed away almost 10 years ago. But I do have daughters-in-law and a daughter and some sisters-in-law to whom I'd like to send mother's day cards.  So this stamp may be just the ticket to my being successful at the mother's day cardmaking this year!

Sketch     Here's the sketch for the challenge this week.  Once again, I followed it pretty closely, turning those triangles into banners, cut from Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight and Pear Pizzazz Cardstock.  I adhered all three banners together in the grouping I planned to use on the card, and ran them together through the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder before attaching them to the card.

     Today is the LAST DAY FOR FREE SHIPPING AT STAMPIN' UP!  This is your last chance to save 10% on EVERYTHING, retiring products and everything else besides!  This offer closes just before midnight Mountain Daylight Time – but don't cut it TOO close!




Posted on : Apr 24 2014
Posted under Challenges, Sketch Frenzy Friday, Stamping |

Venetian Weaving?!

Aloha, all!

     Here I am continuing with cards made with Stampin' Up! Designer Series papers that will retire at the end of next month (or will no longer be available once they're all purchased).  I'm doing this to show you how some of the papers look as you're considering whether to stock up on them!  I'm also doing my best to try to use up as much of these gorgeous papers as possible so I'll have room to buy NEW papers come June! 


     I made this card using two prints from the Designer Series Paper set, Venetian Romance.  As with some of the other papers, I really haven't used this design enough!  I also wanted to show off more than one sheet with a bit of a different layout, so I chose to make a grid of squares, and an easy way to do this is to weave strips of papers and then cut the whole design down to size.  There are other ways to accomplish this (without just making a bunch of squares).  But weaving allows some leeway for having slightly different strip widths.  And I need that leeway because I'm just not that precise when it comes to the cutting part of my projects!

     I cut one color of paper 6" long and 1" wide and the other 5" long and 1" wide.  As I wove each row, I applied adhesive to keep the weaving strips in place.  Just lift up a top, loose, piece and apply a small bit of adhesive underneath and then lay it back down.  Once I had all the weaving done, I trimmed the pieces evenly so the whole woven layer was 5" x 3-3/4".  Then I matted it with a piece of coordinating cardstock (Island Indigo) and adhered this to the card base made of Tangerine Tango Cardstock.

     To decorate the front and provide a nice frame for the greeting, I used two sizes of the Deco Labels Framelits to cut Island Indigo Cardstock.  I used the same cardstock to cut the "hi" from one of the dies in the Label Card Thinlits Die set.  I applied both the frame and the greeting using Tombow Multipurpose Glue.  I especially like using it with the small thinlits dies because I can make a really thin line of glue that won't spread out after I lay it down on the surface to which I'm adhering it.

     To add a bit of an accent to the card, I used three small pearls form the Pearls Basic Jewels.  I thought about using the Large Pearls as they're retiring.  But they were just a bit too large for this project.

     Now that I look at this card, I'm wondering why I haven't used more of this paper – that stone design is just lovely.  You may be seeing more of it as I continue to clean out my stuff that's going away!

     Besides today, there's still one more day when Stampin' Up! is offering FREE SHIPPING!  Keep that in mind as you loo at the products below – showing off those that I featured in today's card – and consider buying them.  Now's the time!

     But whether you're buying now or just working with what you already have, I hope you're having fun with it!





Posted on : Apr 24 2014
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Etcetera, Etcetera, Etcetera!

Aloha, all!

     Are many of you of an age when you remember the play/movie, "The King and I"?  "Etcetera, etcetera, etcetera" was one of my favorite lines from that movie!  But that's not what I'm covering today.  No, I'm featuring one of the retiring sets of Designer Series Papers called Etcetera!


     Once again, this is a set of papers that I have not used a lot.  For one thing, there are several sheets that simply don't make much sense to me for use in making greeting cards or many of the 3-D projects that I make.  On the other hand, there are some gorgeous papers that work beautifully in vintage-style projects.  While this is not a vintage-style card, you certainly can see how this could be one.  Once I get the rest of this week's focus cards done, I might go back and work on CASEing some of this week's cards to make them vintage.  Oooh, a challenge!

     This is a really easy card to make:  Make a standard portrait card base folded at the left.  Cut two pieces of Designer Series Paper 4" wide by 2-5/8" high.  Use a piece of plain old ordinary transparent tape to tape the two pieces together on the back.  Wrap an 18" piece of ribbon around it (I used Midnight Muse Stitched Satin Ribbon), tie a bow in the front, and apply it to your card base using a good adhesive, such as Stampin' Up! SNAIL.

     For the frame on which I stamped the sentiment – from the Stamp Set, Sassy Salutations, using Midnight Muse Class Ink – I hand-cut one of the frames printed on one of the other pieces of paper in the Etcetera Designer Series Paper set.  That was fun – and I like the way it turned out!

     Besides the papers in this project, There are three other Stampin' Up! products that are going to retire:  The Midnight Muse Stitched Satin Ribbon and Midnight Muse Classic Ink.  The bad news is that Midnight Muse Cardstock has already sold out.  The good news is a big "Hooray" for Stampin' Up!'s keeping the Sassy Salutations Stamp Set.  It's a favorite!

     Here are all the products in today's card project.  Retired or not, there is FREE SHIPPING ALL WEEK ON EVERYTHING STAMPIN' UP!  Be sure to take advantage of this if there's anything at all on your wish list!







Posted on : Apr 23 2014
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Flowers With a Graphic Flair!

Aloha, all!

     As I mentioned a few days ago, this week's I'm going to feature Designer Series Paper Sets that are going to retire at the end of next month.  While I certainly have lots of such papers, I came across a few sets that I've barely used in the last year, Modern Medley being one them.  I'd decided to use Modern Medley for today's blog post, but then I realized that this was the day for the SUO Challenge called, "Featuring Flowers."  For some reason, I had a hard time conjuring up ideas of flowers in black and white. After searching all my Stampin' Up! supplies for some ideas, I finally decided on something that featured flowers, but was more on the graphic side than on the flowery side.

Modern Medley

     Delicate this is not, but it certainly features flowers!  There are six of them which I punched using the Modern Medley Designer Series Paper Set and Stampin' Up!'s Pansy Punch.  But I couldn't just have black and white (well, Very Vanilla, actually).  I needed some color and chose Real Red Cardstock and Classic Ink to fill that requirement.

     To give the flowers a bit more texture, I layered them up with some Real Red and Very Vanilla flowers both of which I punched using the Boho Blossoms Punch.  I finished up the layering with some Real Red Candy Dots and added a sentiment from the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set and punched it with the Word Window Punch.  Of course, I love to tied my projects together with some ribbon, and chose both the Basic Black and Real Red 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon.

     What's amazing to me is that, with all these accessories I used, not one of them is retiring!  But lots of things ARE retiring, and the retiring product lists are available to you.  Click on the retiring products picture up to the right under my picture.  That icon will always be pointing to a list of retired products that includes an indication of which products may already have sold out.

     AND DON'T FORGET THE FREE SHIPPING THIS WEEK!  ANYTHING YOU BUY IS SHIPPED FREE!  This offer is not limited to retiring products.  If you have any questions, please let know.

     And here are all the products I've used in today's project:






Posted on : Apr 21 2014
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Stampin’ Up!’s Retired Lists are HERE! PLUS FREE SHIPPING!

Aloha, all!

     Just a quick note to let you know that Stampin' Up! has published the list of products that they will be retiring come June 2014!  It's an exciting time at Stampin' Up! because we have to decide if we really want some of those products that are retiring!  It's even more exciting because of THIS WEEK'S FREE SHIPPING PROMOTION!  Even if something I would like to have isn't on the retired list, I can get it now with SHIPPING FREE!

     Oooh, FREE SHIPPING!  And the excitement of deciding if I just have to have something that's not going to be around for too much longer!  Remember, there is no guarantee, once this list has been published, that catalog products will be available until June. So there is some urgency if there's something on the retired list that you'd really like to have.

     Here are the four lists that I have ready for you right now.  As Stampin' Up! updates the lists with notices that something has sold out, I'll be revising my lists.

  1. Retiring Stamp Sets in Alphabetical Order.
  2. Retiring Stamp Sets in Catalog Page Number Order
  3. Retiring Accessories by Category
  4. Retiring Accessories by Catalog Page Number Order

     Click here and then on the Shop Now button to order anything from my very own Stampin' Up! store.  Or, if you have any questions. please let me know by sending me at e-mail ( or by phone 808.854.6145.

    Now to go get my OWN order ready!



Posted on : Apr 20 2014
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Starting the Long “Goodbye”!

Aloha, all!

     Before I share today's project, I'd just like to get you ready for a big Stampin' Up! Day tomorrow! 

  • The retiring products list will be published!
  • Some products will be ON SALE!

     Tomorrow begins the nearly month and a half period in which we are going to be saying, "Goodbye," to tons of Stampin' Up! products.  The good news at the end of this period is that we'll be excited to welcome as many tons of NEW products that I know we can all hardly wait to start using.

     For the first week of Stampin' Up! Retirement Season, I'm going to be celebrating the gorgeous Designer Series Paper Sets that we'll likely no longer see in a catalog after June 1st.  I say, "likely," because the retirement list doesn't actually come out until tomorrow (Monday, April 21st), so it's not actually yet certain that the papers I'm sharing today – and planning for tomorrow's project – will actually retire.  It's a good bet, though.

Epic Day 2

     For today, I'm featuring the Designer Series Paper Set, Epic Day This and That.  There's actually a whole line of products in the Epic Day series.  Hmmmm.  So maybe if those products stay around, this paper might?  As the line of products is more in the scrapbooking genre, I'd wager that this suite will be replaced by a lot of the brand new Stampin' Up!/Project Life products.  We'll see.

     This card is just a simple sampler of the Epic Day papers.  I cut each piece 3/4" wide x 5" high.  When the strips are all adhered to a piece of backing paper (I just used some printer paper), they make a rectangle 3-3/4" wide x 5" high, which allows it to be centered nicely on a standard 4-1/4" wide x 5-1/2" high card base.  I used another piece of paper from the Epic Day set to mat the strip motif before I mounted it all on the card base made of Calypso Coral Cardstock.

     Oh, and beford I mounted it on the card base, I tied a piece of (retiring) Gumball Green Stitched Satin Reibbon.  I made a nice generous bow because I have lots of that ribbon left to use!  I cut a bit of a banner from the yellow piece of Epic Day Paper and stamped a greeting from the Petite Pairs Stamp Set on it.  I stamped the other stamp of this pair – "for everything you are to me" – on the inside of the card.

     Be sure to join me tomorrow as I help roll out the Stampin' Up! retiring product list.  It will be a bit late on the Robin's Craft Room site because, while I love all that is Stampin' Up!, I'm not willing to get up in the middle of the night to see the beginning of a day in the Mountain Time Zone.  And the first thing that I'm going to do before posting on my blog is to send my newsletter out. If you're on my newsletter mailing list, you'll be the first of my followers to get the update!

     And here's the list of products that I used for today's project.  But don't forget – you might wait until tomorrow if you're thinking about buying anything because (1) it might be on sale! and (2) starting tomorrow, there's FREE SHIPPING ALL WEEK, MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY, THIS WEEK.




Posted on : Apr 19 2014
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A Sketch Challenge Two-fer!

Aloha, all!

     Today is Friday and, as you might expect, it's time for the Sketch Frenzy Friday challenge!  And, oh, did I love this week's challenge.  All sketch challenges are good, but I looked at this one and thought, "I wish I'd come up with that one!"  Actually, I just about copied the sketch exactly as it was posted; I just didn't use the colors in the sketch!


     I've been pretty, well, sloppy this week as I've been trying to get my Easter cards done.  So I had not put away my embossing folder collections, and they saw this sketch, too, and cried, "Me, Me!"  What fun just to use colored cardstock and emboss them rather than stamp or make mats, or (yikes!) both. 

Sketch     Before I go any further, I should share the sketch with you.  As you can see, my flower image, punched with the Stampin' Up! Blossom Punch, is a bit larger relative to the circle, which I punched with the 2-1/2" Circle Punch.  I also made my vertical rectangle image a bit wider.  The sketch also doesn't call for an additional layer on the card front.  But I chose my colors based on a Designer Series Paper (DSP) set – Watercolor Wonder – and so I wanted to use some of that paper to show off the colors.  Just a few minor adjustments.

     I chose three of the colors from the DSP sheet that I used – Gumball Green, Daffodil Delight, and Tangerine Tango.  For the Gumball Green strip, I used the Flower Garden Embossing Folder; for the Daffodil Delight Flower I used the Stripes Embossing Folder, and for the Tangerine Tango Circle I used the Chevron Embossing Folder.

     One of the reasons I picked the DSP sheet that I did was that I felt that I could easily stamp directly onto it and the sentiment would show through – and the sentiment from the Sassy Salutations Stamp Set showed up quite nicely!  For my final touch, I added an Island Indigo Button from the Regals Designer Buttons Collection and tied it with some Island Indigo Baker's Twine.

     Now about that "Two-fer."  You know that I was still working on Easter Cards, and I really did want to use this sketch for an Easter card – and I did!  But, of both cards that I made, I liked the Get Well Card best.  Nonetheless, here's the Easter Card that I also made with this sketch.

Easter Challenge

     There's more stamping in this card – I stamped a flower from the Mixed Bunch Stamp Set, using the same Gumball Green Classic Ink that I used for the sentiment from the Delightful Dozen Stamp Set. I die cut the egg shapes using the egg from the Backyard Basics Framelits Set.  It really does look more like an egg than any of the ovals punches!  The button is a Pumpkin Pie button from the Brights Designer Buttons CollectionNot quite Tangerine Tango, but I think it works fine.  I tied it with Whisper White Baker's Twine and wrapped some Daffodil Delight 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon around the punched circle.

    So that's my two-fer!  And, as you might imagine, I used twice as many products with twice as many cards!  If you have any questions about any of them, just click on a picture – or leave a comment – and I'll get back to  you with an answer!





Posted on : Apr 17 2014
Posted under Challenges, Punches, Sizzix, Sketch Frenzy Friday, Stamping |

An Easter Egg CASE!

Aloha, all!

     I hope you all have had a chance to check out all the Easter projects over at the Stampin' Up! Only Challenge Blog this week!  There's still time to enter your own Easter project!

     But there's a reason that I mention the SUO Challeng blog other than this.  I got my idea for today's Easter Card from one of the other design team members, Deena BoosWhat a delightfully simple card she made and most of it was with tools, not with stamps!  I could hardly wait to try her idea out!


     Unfortunately, as often happens in Robin's Craft Room, I got a bit carried away.  Could I just punch the "eggs" and place them in some "grass"?  No.  I had to find something for a background.  As I was working on the background, embossed with the Woodgrain Embossing Folder, I wondered if I should just keep it simple.  Nope, I kept working on it, and it finally turned out the way I wanted it to. 

     For the basic elements of the card, I punched three sheets from the Watercolor Wonder Designer Series Paper with the Extra-Large Oval Punch to make the "eggs."  I made the strip for the "grass" with a strip of Gumball Green Cardstock and snipped it with the Fringer Scissors.  The strip was 3/4" wide.  I scored along the long side about 1/4" in from the edge and snipped to that score line on the 1/2" wide.  Then I folded on the score line and adhered the 1/4" edge to the inside of the Baked Brown Sugar layer.  I ran a strip of Tombow Multipurpose Adhesive under the fringed strip on the front to keep them attached to the front of the card.

     I made the background layer out of Baked Brown Sugar Cardstock.  I wanted the woodgrain layer to look like slats of wood. So drew lines 1/2" apart using my Baked Brown Sugar Stampin' Write Marker.  THEN I embossed the cardstock and sponged the embossed image with Baked Brown Sugar Classic Ink.   If I'd bought the "Hardwood" stamp set in the first place, I wouldn't have had to go to so much trouble.  On the other hand, there's more than one way to accomplish most everything you might want to do in the paper crafting world, and that's what I did.

     I also copied Deena's idea of attaching some little flowers to each of the eggs.  I made mine with one of the shapes in the Boho Blossoms Punch, and added a Pearl Basic Jewel to the center of each.  I also added some pearls to the sentiment layer, which I'd stamped with the Happy Easter stamp from the Delightful Dozen Stamp Set and punched with the Decorative Label Punch.

     As I am frequently wont to do, I tied this card together with some ribbon, this time with Gumball Green Stitched Satin RibbonI just made a simple knot with straight cut ends to go along with the straight cut look of the "grass."

     I hope you've enjoyed all my Easter cards this week!  I've got one more to do – well, maybe two, depending on how much stamping time I have.  And I hope you've enjoyed all your Stampin' Up! Easter products.  Here are those that I featured in today's project – don't forget that you can just click on any of them and go right to my store to (1) read all about them and (2) buy them if you'd like!






Posted on : Apr 17 2014
Posted under Punches, Sizzix, Stamping, SUO Challenges |

Cute Little Easter Lamb!

Aloha, all!

     As promised, here I am with yet another cute card that I've made with the Eggstra Spectacular Stamp Set from Stampin' Up!  Finally I got around to using the darling little lamb in the set who cheerfully announces, "thinking of ewe at easter."


     If you've been following me even for a short time, you might recognize this basic layout as one that I used earlier this month for a birthday card for one of my granddaughters.  But all of the details for this card are definitely different, beginning with the Designer Frames Embossing Folder.  For the birthday card I used the oval frame, and for this one I used the rectangle.  I first tried to cut a straight rectangular shape around the frame and then mat it with a different color.  But it just didn't work for me, so I just trimmed all around the frame shape made by the embossing folder.  I then tried just laying the frame onto the card base – it was OK, but it needed something else.  So I made an extra layer which I embossing with the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder.  That definitely workd for me, and my layout was done.

     Now for the little lamb.  I know I'm allowed to take artistic license and color critters with whatever color I'd like.  But I really wanted her to be white.  So I stamped the image with its sentiment on the Pistachio Pudding Cardstock, and then again on Whisper White Cardstock.  After a bit of fussing cutting (almost cut off an ear!) and coloring in of the Easter basket, she was ready to adhere on top of the original stamped image.  Sooooo cute!

     This little gal is going to one of my grandchildren – in fact, by now it's already in the mail!  I'm sure he's going to love it!

     Now here are the Stampin' Up! products that I featured in this project.  If you click on any of the pictures you can get all the information you should need about any of the products.  But, of course, you can always ask me, and I'll be happy to help you out!




Posted on : Apr 15 2014
Posted under Sizzix, Stamping |