December 18th: Fun With a Party Napkin!

Aloha, all!

     For the last several years, every time I walk into a decorated room, I look around and wonder if any of the decorations would make a good greeting card design.  This Christmas season has been no exception.  I've got some photographs and maybe I'll be working with them before long.  But at one dinner party, I could not get out of my mind the design on the paper napkins given to us with our drinks!  Somehow in the mess of our move away from the lava in our home of Pahoa, Hawaii, I've managed to mislay just too many things.  Most of them I figure I'll find eventually.  But the Star Framelits Set was one that couldn't wait.  I know they're around here somewhere, but I wanted to make that napkin design – and it would be perfect for a Christmas card!


     Not only was it perfect, the sentiment that I found to use in this card is from a Stamp Set that features stars as its main design!  The sentiment is one of several in the Bright and Beautiful Stamp Set!

     The colors in this card are just two (well, not counting the Whisper White Cardstock card base): Garden Green and Crushed Curry.  If you look carefully at the Crushed Curry papers, you'll find that they're from the Color Me Autumn Designer Series Paper Set.  Back as my Autumn projects were coming to an end for this year, I looked carefully at the papers to try to keep in mind those that might work in Christmas and other holiday projects this year.  Sure enough, that Crushed Curry paper was perfect for this project!

     With a sentiment that uses "bright" and "shines," i definitely needed to use some sparkle in this card.  For starters, I used five of the small Rhinestone Basic Jewels to scatter on the card.  For a final sparkly touch, I added one of the All Is Calm Snowflake Embellishments to the middle of the star.  This embellishment has one of the points that's longer that the others so that we can use some string to hang is.  I clipped that off before I adhered it to the star using Glue Dots.

     This is almost exactly what that napkin looked like.  I know it's around here somewhere – probably with my first set of Star Famelits!  But I have a good handle on the rest of the products I featured in this project and here they are.  Just click on one of the pictures to find out more about the product – and even purchase one or two of them in my Stampin' Up! store while you're there!

     Have fun with whatever you're doing this last week before Christmas!










Posted on : Dec 18 2014
Posted under Sizzix, Stamping |

December 17th – A Bit of a Diversion!

Aloha, all!

     Once again I've taken a bit of a step away from using the designs from my 2010 Greeting Card Layouts eBook to make a Christmas Card.  For one thing, those layouts from 2010, while they have all the measurements that I need and are fairly quick to make, are just not quick enough when one looks at today's date!

     So off I go to find things that are quicker – and Stampin' Up! has provided for that delightfully.


     So today I cut a bunch of these cards and I'm much closer to having all the cards I need for this year's Christmas mailing!

     When I say, "cut," that's exactly what I mean.  The Stampin' Up! Snowflake Card Thinlits Dies cut this card so that it's ready to send out just as is with that delightful snowflake cut out of both the front and back of the card, with a bit of the card folded in between.

     Of course, I had to embellish the basic card a bit, and here's what I did:

  • Cut just the back part of the card out of a piece of the snowflake design from the Santa & Co. Designer Series Paper (DSP) set.  I have faithfully avoided the quirky snowpeople on the bottom of this sheet of paper; but there's still plenty of the snowflake design left with which to work.
  • Cut a snowflake out of Marina Mist Cardstock using one of the dies in the thinlit set.
  • Stamped some snowflakes from the Endless Wishes Stamp Set on the front of the card, which I'd left blank – the DSP was just on the back inside of the card.
  • Cut a small snowflake from the thinlit set out of Whisper White Cardstock and added that to the DSP sheet on the back inside.
  • Added a greeting using Marina Mist Classic Ink with stamps from the Endless Wishes Stamp Set.
  • Finally applied a few Rhinestone Basic Jewels to the center of most of the snowflakes – different sizes for different flakes – and sponged the edges of the front part of the card with Marina Mist Classic Ink.!

     Definitely quick and such a fun look for a Christmas card!

     Here are the products I used to make this project.  Click on a picture to find out more about the project – and take the time to purchase any of them that you really like while you're right there in my Stampin' Up! store!











Posted on : Dec 17 2014
Posted under Challenges, Sizzix, Stamping |

December 16th – Merry and Happy!

Aloha, all!

     Yes, even during the main part of the holiday season, those of us on the Stampin' Up! Only Challenge (SUOC) Design Team are hard at work coming up with projects to help you with your own projects.  Our hope is that you will be inspired by one or more of our Design Team projects to get involved with your own project.

     The challenge this week is to make a card or other papercrafted project that conveys the idea of Merry or Happy.  After all, no matter what holiday you celebrate during this time of the year, "Merry" or "Happy"  often comes into your greetings of the season.

     My project today is, once again, a card that uses one of the layouts from my 2010 Greeting Card Layout eBook.  This eBook is no longer for sale.  But I've been trying to make the point that, when you're under the gun to get a bunch of cards made on deadline (yes, the postal services in our various countries do create deadlines for us!), going to a book of card layouts can really help keep you on track!


     Back in 2010, my layouts were fairly simple and involved, for the most part, squares and rectangles cut to different sizes and layered up with mats and overlapping designs and such. I was so happy to have this layout to use this season as I could bring in designer series papers (DSPs) as well as new stamps and punches that Stampin' Up! brought us in the 2014 Holiday Catalog.

     The paper that I used in this card is from the Nordic Noel Designer Series Paper set. I love the red (Real Red) and green (Garden Green) used in this paper, as those are such traditional Christmas colors.  But the Soft Sky in the snowflake sheet and also in the ornament sheet, added a nice touch that softens the red/green combination.

     For the central element in this card, I stamped an image from the Festival of Trees Stamp Set and then punched it out with the Tree Punch that is new in this catalog.  To make the punched tree stand out just a bit, I adhered it to the Real Red Cardstock layer using Stampin' Dimensionals. Note that I did not adhere the tree until after I'd put all the various layers and their mats together so that I could include the ribbon/bow behind it.

     The sentiment on this card – Merry & Brght – is actually two stamps from the Endless Wishes Photopolymer Stamp SetI stamped each stamp separately, which is so easy to do with the Photopolymer stamps which you can see right through!

     To put the card together, I adhered all the layers, with the top rightmost layer adhered with Stampin' Dimensionals, and then I tied a piece of the Real Red 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon around all those layers, finishing with a little bow.  Then I adhered the stamped and punched tree on top of it all, again using Stampin' Dimensionals. Once the card was all done and photographed, I realized it needed just a bit more.  So out came the Rhinestone Basic Jewels, and I added one to the top of the tree.  Perfect!

     What fun it was to put this card together, especially as I had the layout measurements all done for me ahead of time!  And I was so happy to have this kind of project to use as my Design Team entry in the SUO Challenge this time!

     Here are some pictures of the Stampin' Up! products that I used for this project.  Just click on a picture to learn more about the product – and even buy it right then and there on my Stampin' Up! website!






Posted on : Dec 15 2014
Posted under Challenges, Punches, Stamping |

December 15th – A Quick Hybrid!

Aloha, all!

     I'm not sure if I mentioned this, but I really did think that I'd ordered the Holiday Home Bundle from the Stampin' Up! 2014 Holiday Catalog.  But, while I did managed to misplace quite a few things from that Catalog as I was in the middle of a rushed move to get away from Hawaii's lava, it turns out that this wasn't one of them.  I really did NOT order this bundle!  Rats, and I'd decided it was going to be featured in at least two of my December cards that I was planning to make based on layouts in my 2010 Card Layouts eBook.  What to do!?  Aha, it turns out that this stamp set is one that was also produced as a Digital Stamp Brush Set.  So up popped my copy of Stampin' Up!'s My Digital Studio, and out came the houses!


     It was fun making this house close to the way I'd originally envisioned it, though I really do like stamping and coloring with my inks and Stampin' Write Markers. 

     It's getting down to the wire with making Christmas cards as I have to get them mailed out by this Saturday to have any kind of hope that they'll get to mainland destinations before Christmas.  So from here on out, most of my projects are going to be a lot simpler so I can get more made.  For this card, all I did was to cut two pieces from the Nordic Noel Designer Series Paper (DSP) set, using the measurements from my eBook.  I did add a mat to both of these, which was not a feature of the original layout.

     To finish the card off, I did get my "real" stamps out, in the shape of what's become my favorite set this holiday season, Endless Wishes.  I love this photopolymer set – it's SOOO easy to use!

     Here are the Stampin' Up! products I used for this project – just click on a picture to find out more about each of them, and even to buy one or two on my Stampin' Up! website!





Posted on : Dec 15 2014
Posted under My Digital Studio, Stamping |

December 14th: Washi Tape Leftovers!

Aloha, all!

     This is the time of the year that, with all the parties going on, there are LOTS of leftovers.  Well, here in Robin's Craft Room, leftovers are the name of the game – and the "game" has nothing to do with food!

     Remember my post on Friday where I showed you how I laid out some Stampin' Up! All Is Calm Designer Washi Tape?  I'm sure you noticed that there had to have been some leftovers from that square sheet of covered with Washi Tape that I used in that project.


     Well, here are some of those leftovers!  I didn't have quite enough leftovers to cover the three vertical elements on this card, so I added a piece of paper from the All Is Calm Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP). I am trying to use as many of the card layouts from my 2010 Card Layout eBook as I can this Christmas season (keeps me in ideas and saves LOTS of time!).  And this layout is one of those that I chose at the beginning of December to use.

     There's also another piece of paper from the same DSP set in the background.  For this card, I made all my mats using the same cardstock – Pear Pizzazz Cardstock.  That color is one of the primary colors in the DSP set.

     Using the "Merry and Bright" stamp from the Good Greetings Photopolymer Stamp Set, which is a hostess. I didn't include it in my product list because you can't actually buy it. But you may certainly earn it by hosting a workshop where you and your friends buy at least $150 or bu ordering $150 worth of product yourself! There are other ways to say, "Merry and Bright," and I'll show one off on this coming Tuesday's post.  So if that's a sentiment you like, but you can't host a sow this time of the year, check this blog out on Tuesday!

     As I've been doing of late, I tied the project together with some ribbon, this time the Lost Lagoon 3/8" Silky Taffeta Ribbon.  All of the products featured in this card are on the same page in the Stampin' Up! 2014 Holiday Catalog, AND they're all on the same page!  (Page 22).

     I've entered this project in the VC Rocks Blog Hop, which is available for viewing pretty much from now on!  If you're interested in some fun ideas for projects this season, do definitely check out the projects in the hop!

     And here are the products I've used in this project.  Just click on a picture to find out more about the product – and even buy it on my Stampin' Up! website!

     Have fun with your last-minute Christmas cards – Christmas is getting close!








Posted on : Dec 14 2014
Posted under Stamping |

December 13th: A Starry Break from Cards!

Aloha, all!

     I've not just been making cards this Christmas season, though that is the majority of my work/play time.  One of my favorite activities has been playing with the wonderful Many Merry Stars Simply Created Kit from the 2014 Stampin' Up! Holiday Supplement. In fact, when my husband and I went away for a few days of R&R this past week, I took my Simply Created Kit with me, and spent one afternoon having a blast making 3-D stars!  And now here it's time for the VC Rocks group's Holiday Blog Hop – so I was just in time to show this off with this group!


     I was amazed what I found in this kit, even though I'd read (or at least thought so) the description of the kit.  With the kit you can make up to 25 star boxes.  I doubt I'll make that many, but the kit has been worth it nonetheless.

     In my photo of five of my stars, I've included samples of the punch out red and gold glimmer stars; wooden die-cut snowflakes; gold baker's twine; and, of course, the stars themselves.  The large gold star that's on the front of of the larger red star was supposed to be one side of one of the gold glimmer paper stars.  But I really wanted to use it to decorate my large red star – and it's my kit, so I can do whatever I want with it!

     Oh, and that darling little bow is one of the dozens of decorative elements in the kit.  It's made up of three pieces that I glued together.  Oooooh – spoiler alert for the Occasions Catalog – there's a punch to make these coming in January!  I am SOOO excited about that.  Definitely made for cards for sure, even if they will get flattened in an envelope.

     Each star comes with two pieces that are die cut and which you punch out from a master sheet (the front and back pieces).  The side piece is already scored and cut and includes adhesive.  Oh, and while all the pieces have a print on them, the "other" side of each (except for the gold glimmer stars) is a beautiful Kraft color ready for you to use as is or stamp with any color you wish!  The side pieces are made so that you can use either side of the cardstock – there's adhesive on both sides!

     There's a bit of an issue with keeping the smaller stars together.  Because the small tabs on the side pieces are so, well, small, there's just not enough adhesive to keep them together.  I added some of my own Sticky Strip as I was putting them together, and that has helped them stay together better.  For all of the stars, I found that removing all of the adhesive strip covers, even on sides that I apparently wasn't going to be using, helped keep things together better, too. 

     This arrangement makes a lovely centerpiece for one of my small tables, and I'll be adding more stars as the next week goes on.  What a fun Christmas table I'll have to show off!

     If you'd be interested in buying this kit for yourself, just click on the picture below and you'll be taken to my Stampin' Up! store where you can (1) learn more about the kit and even (2) order one for yourself and friends while you're right there!

     Oh, and this is another of my projects for the 2014 VC Rocks Holiday Blog Hop!  There are such delightful projects in the Hop – just click here to check them all out!





Posted on : Dec 13 2014
Posted under 3D Projects, Stamping |

December 12th – Fun With Washi Tape!

Aloha, all!

     For today's project – which is not just any blog post – it's a VC Rocks Blog Hop Post! – I chose the second of my original 2010 layouts that includes four small squares.  But in both the original and in today's project, I featured a striped pattern that I cut into squares and then twisted around a bit to form a larger square with a different pattern entirely.


     In the original project, I used a striped sheet of Designer Series Paper (DSP).  But I wanted to do something a bit different and chose the All Is Calm Designer Washi Tape.  I thought the All is Calm tape was just perfect for a Christmas Card, especially as I could use a sheet of coordination DSP to finish off the card.

     To make the Washi Tape design, I laid out strips of the tape in a pattern on a piece of Whisper White Cardstock.  I made the overall pattern fairly large, intending to use the same Washi Tape design for another project (still to be completed – but it won't be long!)


     Yes, this uses a lot of Washi Tape.  But as I have yet to use up all of the other Washi Tape I have in m stash, I truly wasn't worried that I'd run out.  There's lots of stuff on that roll!

     I wanted the Washi Tape squares to be 1-1/4".  So I began by cutting two 1-1/4" strips horizontally across the taped cardstock.  Then I cut 4 squares all of which had basically the same pattern of Washi Tape on them.  I turned each of them so that the result was a formation of a diagonal square pattern around the middle.  I mounted these all on a square of Lost Lagoon Cardstock, matted with squares of Pear Pizzazz and Whisper White Cardstock.  Then I laid this all out on a square of All Is Calm Specialty Designer Series Paper that included the Lost Lagoon and Pear Pizzazz colors in it.

     Not wanting to detract from the pattern formed by the Washi Tape squares, I punched a simple 7/8" Scalloped Circle to place over the point at which the squares meet and then added a Rhinestone Basic Jewel in the center of that. 

     The card base is Pear Pizzazz Cardstock, and the one full layer is Whisper White Cardstock.  I mounted the designed square at the top of this layer and added the "Season's Greetings" image, stamped in Lost Lagoon Classic Ink.  Finally I tied my card all together with a bow made of Pear Pizzazz 1/4" Cotton Ribbon.  I love ribbon (in case you hadn't noticed!).

     Here are the products I've featured in this card.  Click on any of the pictures to read more about each product – and you can even purchase the product while you're there on my Stampin' Up! website!

     And if you're following the VC Rocks Blog Hop (Stampin' Up! Only projects!), click here to go back to see the rest of the projects!










Posted on : Dec 12 2014
Posted under Stamping |

December 11th – Glittery Mingle!

Aloha, all!

     Well here I am again with a card made with the All Is Calm Specialty Designer Series Paper set. I am just loving the Pear Pizzazz/Lost Lagoon color combo!


      For today's card, using another of the layouts featured in my 2010 Greeting Card Layout eBook, I used two designs from the DSP set. I really like the dotted design in the paper on the background layer, and the Pear Pizzazz sheet is a perfect complement to it.

     When I picked out the stamp I was going to use from the Mingle all the Way Stamp Set, I wanted to feature some Pear Pizzazz green in with the Lost Lagoon color I'd selected for the main image. So, just as I did with another recent card, I inked up the whole stamp with Lost Lagoon, then used an Aqua Painter to remove the ink from a few of the snowflakes. Finally I used my Pear Pizzazz Stampin' a Write Marker to re color the snowflakes. It stamped up pretty well!

     For the glitter, after all that work stamping the Pear snowflakes, I decided to insert three Rhinestones over them. Nice touch!

     To follow the layout instructions, I scalloped one long edge with the Scallop Edge Border Punch.  ooooh, another nice touch!

     And, once again, I tied the project all together with some ribbon. Even though there is some nice Lost Lagoon ribbon in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog, I wanted something a bit wider to complete this project. So I found my Lost Lagoon 3/8"  Stitched Ribbon, and it was another perfect touch

     Here are the main Stampin' Up! products I featured in today's card. Just click on a picture to find out more about a product – and to buy it from my Stampin' Up! Website if you wish!











Posted on : Dec 11 2014
Posted under Family and Garden, Punches, Stamping |

December 10th – Cute Christmas Bird!

Aloha, all!

     I have to tell you that, while I usually love all things Stampin' Up!, there were a few things in the Stampin' Up! 2014 Holiday Catalog that were not, um, a favorite! Among those are the suite of products called, "Santa & Comoany." But there are some designs in the Santa & Company Designer a Series Paper set that are kind of nice (at least in my opinion!).?  So I used two of them in today's card. NOTE: This paper set is on sale in the big year end clearance on the Stampin' Up! Website.


     I especially like the Snowflake paper (though there are some very quirky snowmen on the bottom of the sheet). But once I put those two layers together (I'm working with already measured designs from my 2010 Layouts eBook), I couldn't find a stamp in the Holiday Catalog that felt " right" to me. So I started going throughF my stash of Stampin' Up! Stamps and quickly found the For the Birds Stamp Set. I'd completely forgotten that this set had a Christmas bird, this even though I'd put a mark on the spine of the stamp case that indicated there was something in there that was for Christmas. 

     I stamped the little snowbird and his sentiment using Jey Black StazOn? and then colored him in using the same Marina Mist color that is in both DSP sheets. I'd decided from the start that mt accent color with these papers was going to be Real Red and I included that in the bird's scarf, hat, and ornament. There's a small touch of a Soft Sky in the skates and Hello Honey on his beak.

     And here I go tying my project together with ribbon again! This time I used the Real Red 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, tied all around all the layers and their mats before adhering it all to my card base.

     Here are the featured products in today's card. Just click on a picture to find out more about the product – and even but one or two if you'd like! 



























































Posted on : Dec 10 2014
Posted under Stamping |

December 9th – Love that Gold Foil!

Aloha, all!

     From the very beginning of my Stampin' Up! career, I have LOVED 2-Step Stamping!  It's so much fun to take two (or more) different stamps and stamp one upon the other, using different colors, creating an image with beautiful color dimension to it! So you might imagine how much fun I'm having with the Stampin' Up! Stamp Set, Wondrous Wreath!


     The wreath in this image has three different stamps: the first stamp has lots of leaves and I stamped it here using Pear Pizzazz ink.  The second stamp, stamped right over the first, is Garden Green, and the final stamp is all those lovely Cherry Cobbler "berries."  What makes this set even easier to use is a tab that is at the top of each of the Photopolymer stamps in this image. I just made sure the tab was pointed up in the same direction for all three stamps and matching everything up was so easy. It's even easier because I can see right through these beautifully clear stamps.

     To complete the card – which uses one of the layouts from my 2010 eBook – I embossed a greeting from the Endless Wishes Stamp Set, using gold Stampin' Emboss Powder. It really looks a bit fuller in person, but that embossing shine was really hard to photograph well.

     Oh, and the foil! I cut the bow for the wreath using a fair from the Wonderful Wreath Framelits Set. What a fun die to have – for so many uses!  Oh, and there's a 15% off bundle that includes both the framelits dies AND the stamp set (click on the link below to find out more).

     I tied the card all together with some ribbon – from a brand new roll of Gold 1/8" Ribbon. Fun!

     Here are some of the products I've featured in this project. Just click on a picture to find out more about any one of them – and even buy what you'd like from my Stampin' Up! Store.  I hope you are having as much fun with your Christmas projects as I am!











Posted on : Dec 09 2014
Posted under Sizzix, Stamping |