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 |

Easter Fun with In Colors!

Aloha, all!

     For today and tomorrow, I'm having a bit more cutesy fun with Easter Cards, featuring once again the Eggsta Spectacular Stamp Set.  I find it hard not to smile every time I see that little bunny showing off her fun little white tail!



     I wasn't sure what I was going to do with her after the last couple of cards I made.  But then, as happens often in my Stampin' Up! world, along came a challenge, in this case a Sketch Challenge.  The challenge was to have four rectangles as a background to a single rectangle in the center.  By now you know I like to take liberties with sketch challenges, and so I've ended up with a card with four squares and a scalloped circle in the center.  Close!

     At the same time, I came across an article in a magazine that suggested using an embossing folder to accent shapes used in this way.  The point the article made was that, if you have an embossed design that can go in different directions, switch them around, as I did here.  I used the Chevron Embossing Folder and I think it worked out nicely!

     As I went about trying to figure out which colors I would use for this card, I found myself having chosen four of the five 2013-2015 Stampin' Up! In Colors for my squares – Pistachio Pudding, Crisp Cantaloupe, Strawberry Slush and Coastal Cabana.  Then I spent quite a bit of time trying to figure out what I should use as a background.  I finally had a "duh" moment when I realized that the fifth color, Baked Brown Sugar, would be perfect!  I used the Coastal Cabana Stampin' Write Marker to color in Miss Bunny and then sponged around the scalloped circle and the Naturals White Cardstock background layer with some of the Baked Brown Sugar.

     While you know I love ribbons on cards, this one didn't cry out for one.  So I settled for a couple of sparkly Rhinestone Basic Jewels to accent the little bit of hopping.

     Here are the products I featured in today's project.  As always, click on a picture and you'll be whisked off to my Stampin' Up! store to learn more about the products AND have the opportunity to purchase any of them right then and there!





Posted on : Apr 14 2014
Posted under Challenges, Punches, Sizzix, Stamping |

More Masking for Easter!

Aloha, all!

     Today I really needed to get back to making Easter cards – in fact, by the end of the day I will have finished all of the Easter cards I'll be demonstrating this week!  Living in Hawaii, it takes a couple of extra days for mail to get to U. S. mainland addresses.  So all have to go in the mail on Monday!

     With that kind of pressure, I needed ideas quickly.  And, no, I just cannot bear to make duplicate cards.  I want each card to be special.  I made today's card especially for a special family member who has been having a blast showing off photos of the tulips in her garden the past week or so.  So it didn't take any thinking to pull out the Blessed Easter Stamp Set.  It also didn't take much thinking to figure out what I was going to do with it, either!

     After working on yesterday's blog post on Masking stamps, I definitely wanted to see if I could make a larger bouquet of tulips by stamping two of the tulip image, masking the first and stamping the other on top.

Masked Tulips Final

     It took a bit of fussing around to make it look as I wanted it to look, but I think that the final image worked out beautifully!  What I had to do to get the bouquet to look as I wanted it to was to stamp the left tulip of the bouquet in the second stamped layer directly over the right tulip of the first.  If you look really closely you can see that it didn't fit exactly.  But I'll bet if I hadn't mentioned it to you, you wouldn't have noticed, would you?!

     I colored this bouquet with the same colors that I used for last Friday's card with the same image – Daffodil Delight Stampin' Write Marker and Tangerine Tango Classic Ink with a Blender Pen.  For the sentiment this time, I used the Happy Easter stamp from the Delightful Dozen Stamp Set, which I cut out with the banner die that's part of one of the Circle ThinlitsSet.  That's actually a banner that's easily cut by hand or trimmer.  But, hey, when there's a die and it's right at hand, why not make use of it!  I'm all for easy!!!

     It's been a while since I've punched the corners of my cards with the 3/16" Corner Punch.  I've seen several cards with this feature lately and thought it was about time I joined the crowd!  Then I tied my card together with a bow made with the Daffodil Delight 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon

     Yay, it's ready to mail!  Now onto my next project – quite a bit different from this one!

     Here are the featured products from today's project.  Click on any of the pictures to read more about the product and to buy one from my online store if you'd like!









Posted on : Apr 13 2014
Posted under Punches, Sizzix, Stamping |

A Favorite Technique – and a Tutorial!

Aloha, all!

     While I've been working on making some more Easter Cards, I was given a challenge to write a blog post that focused on a technique that I just could not live without.  You'll see some Easter cards with this technique in the next few days, but I also had a challenge to use the Peaceful Petals Stamp Set, so decided to move just a bit away from Easter for today.


     The technique that I'm demonstrating here is one of the very first stamping techniques I learned – masking.

     The basic idea of using a mask is to allow one image to appear on paper as if it has been stamped in front of another image.  To do this, first stamp the image you wish to appear in front of all other images.  Then stamp a duplicate of that image on paper with removable adhesive on it (such as sticky notes), cut it out, and place it on top of the main stamped image.  With the mask on the first image, stamp the second image.  Remove the sticky paper and it will look as if the first image is on top of the second, and none of the second image will appear stamped over the first.

     In today's card I have masked the images twice:  one stalk of leaves appears on top, the flower appears behind that stalk, and another stalk appears behind the flower and the first stalk. While I was making the stamped oval for this card, I took some photos so that I could illustrate the step-by-step process.   With photos in hand, a tutorial can't be far behind – and in fact it's "behind" this link

     Masks can be reused many times.  Usually after I’ve cut and used a mask, I store it in the box with the stamps (either wood mount or clear mount). 

     If, like me, you started using the masking technique decades ago, you can rest assured that the technique is the same today as it was then – but now we have sticky notes that can be used in many masking projects.  The tutorial covers that as well as another product that's good for this.

     I hope you enjoy the tutorial!  If you're using Stampin' Up! products to make your project, I'd be more than happy to put it on my blog if you'd like!  Just send it to me in an e-mail.  Have fun with it!

     Here are some of the Stampin' Up! products that I used in this project.  All you have to do to learn more about them – or purchase them from my Stampin' Up! store – is to click on a picture!





Posted on : Apr 12 2014
Posted under Challenges, Sizzix, Stamping |

An Easter Bouquet!

Aloha, all!

     Here I am again with another Easter Card made with some of my favorite Stampin' Up! products.  Have you noticed that most of the Stampin' Up! products I've brought up in my blog posts have, at one time or another, had the word, "favorite," applied to them?  That's because I'm fickle at one time or another they all are!  Of course, this time of the year products with Easter colors or an Easter theme have all my attention!


     So today, I've decided that Calypso Coral and Daffodil Delight are my favorite Easter colors, and the gorgeous tulips from the Blessed Easter Stamp Set are my favorite image.  Actually, Blessed Easter isn't a stamp "set."  It's just one stamp in a box, which makes it oh, so, affordable as a last minute Easter stamp!

     You'll see by looking at the product summary at the end of the blog post that there is also a sentiment on this stamp.  Once again, I've separated the sentiment from the image on this stamp so that I can use these lovely tulips for something other than an Easter card.  You might suggest that I just use a marker to color the image and not the sentiment.  But I am probably NEVER going to use this stamp without using blender pens to color them in.  I find that, no matter how careful I am, I always managed to smear the outline ink unless it's Jet Black StazOn (there are other StazOn colors, but Stampin' Up! features only the Jet Black and White).  In short, it's just easier to have the image separate from the sentiment.

     I only used two colors to color in the tulip flowers – Calypso Coral Stampin' Classic Ink and Daffodil Delight Stampin' Write Marker.  I colored the flowers all over with Daffodil Delight, then used a Blender Pen and the Calypso Coral ink to lightly color the edges, ending with a darker outline in some of the edge areas.  For the leaves, I used blender pens with both colors – Pear Pizzazz Classic Ink and Gumball Green Classic Ink.

SFFSketch     Then there's the layout.  Did I mention that this is Friday and that I made this for the Sketch Frenzy Friday Challenge?  And, as I frequently do, I turned the sketch around a bit.  But I'm sure you can see that I kept all of the elements!

     Of course, this sketch is a rectangle and my card is an oval, with the card base and layer cut with dies from the Ovals Collection Framelits.  But, hey, I was thinking Easter Eggs!  Now that we've gotten beyond that, I used Daffodil Delight 1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon to tie my project together with a gift bow and ribbon.  And I even added my sentiment – from Teeny Tiny Wishes - so it's horizontal on the card!  That's what challenges are for – to challenge us to be creative!!  Not TOO creative, but just enough.

     Speaking of creativity, when I first started putting this card together I didn't emboss the Whisper White Cardstock oval.  But I decided, as I often do, that the big white space needed something more.  So I went through all my embossing folders and finally decided on the Beautifully Baroque Embossing Folder. The final step was to sponge the edge of that oval before adhering it to the front of the card.

Back     There are many different ways to make a card using quite a few of Stampin' Up!'s Sizzix Framelits.  For this card, I cut two full pieces of Calypso Coral Cardstock with the largest oval in the Ovals Collection Framelits.  Then I trimmed about 1/4" off the side of one of them that would normally have been the "fold" side.  I cut a folded piece of Whisper White Cardstock using the second largest oval, bringing the folded inside the cutting edgel of the framelit just a bit so that it wouldn't be cut as it was run through the Sizzix Bigshot.  I added adhesive to one side of the outside of the folded Whisper White oval and adhered it to the cut piece of Calypso Coral.  Then I added adhesive to the other outside part of the folded oval and adhered the card front, matching the scallops up wth the cardstock that had been adhered to the back.

     And my new Easter card was finished!

     Here's a recap of some of the products that I used for this card.  If you have any questions about any of them, please let me know.  Or you can click on any of the pictures and you'll be whisked away to my Stampin' Up! store where you can read all that Stampin' Up! had to say about any of them – and you can order anything right then and there!









Posted on : Apr 10 2014
Posted under Challenges, Sizzix, Sketch Frenzy Friday, Stamping |

Same Stamp Sets, Different Card!

Aloha, all!

     As I stood at my work table yesterday trying to decide what to use to make my next Easter Card, I thought, "Why not use the same stamp sets and just different papers?"!  In fact, I not only used the same stamp sets for this card, I used the same Stamp-a-ma-jig technique, this time just lining up some little bunnies horizontally rather than the line of eggs vertically.

Easer Bunnies

     As you can see from the stamp set shown at the end of the blog post, the little bunny is a single little critter and I didn't want her to be lonely.  Yes, I decided it was a "she" so I dressed her up in some Designer Series paper just to prove it – more about that later.

     To line these bunnies up somewhat straight and evenly along the row, I stamped a bunny onto Card Stock Vellum using the Stamp-a-ma-jig.  (The reason for the vellum is that I can keep the vellum in the box with this wood mount stamp set and always have it available to use for positioning my stamps.)  Then I set it onto my grid paper so that it was fairly straight vertically and drew a horizontal line through her neck (no bunnies were hurt in this process!).  As the grid lines were not sized correctly for how far I wanted the bunnies to be horizontally, I just estimated where they should be.  All in all, the little dance line looks kind of cute!


     Besides using the Eggstra Spectacular Stamp Set for this card, I also repeated my use of the Happy Easter Stamp from the Delightful Dozen Stamp Set. 

     The papers, though, are different.  For this card, I used two of the sheets from the I Am Me Designer Series Paper set, one with Calypso Coral dots and the other with a Pool Party design. I staped the greeting using Calypso Coral Ink and punched it with the Decorative Label Punch before sponging it with some Calypso Coral and adding a few Candy Dots in the colors of the day.

     I layered everything up and finished off the card front with a piece of Pool Party 1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon.

SAMJwithDSP     Well not quite finished.  I'd colored in the little bunnies alternating with Calypso Coral and Pool Party Stampin' Write Markers.  But once I had the card all put together, I thought that little girl in the center might look really sassy in some of that Calypso Coral Designer Series Paper.  This is another good use for the Stamp-a-ma-jig.  I didn't have to guess where the bunny image would end up on the printed paper.  I laid the stamped vellum on the paper and moved it around until I got some of the polka dots in the image the way I liked it.  Then I set up the Stamp-a-ma-jig and stamped the bunny before cutting her out and adhering her to the card.

     I'm including a sketch for this card, including some advice about how you might have an easy job of adhering the layers with teensie mat without too much stress, though there may be a slight waste of cardstock.

     Cut the top layer exactly as you wish it to be.  In this case, the layer with the bunnies is exactly 4-1/2"  x  1-1/8".  Then cut the mat about at least 1/2" larger than the stamped layer and adhere the stamped layer to it.  Finally, using your Stampin' Trimmer, trim the mat so that there's just a slight mat.  This sure beats trying to adhere mats that are just 1/16" larger on all sides!  I did that with the bunny layers on the Pool Party DSP layer, too.


     And here are the major products that I used in today's project!  (Ooooh, did you see my "What's your guess about retiring products?' contest on my Facebook page?  Some of these are in the contest!)






Posted on : Apr 09 2014
Posted under Layout Sketch Provided, Punches, Stamping, Tutorial |

My First Easter Card of the Season!

Aloha, all!

     All I was supposed to do for today's Stampin' Up! Only Challenge was to make an Easter card.  Fun, huh?  Stamp a bunny or an egg or some flowers or a religious theme, and the card's done, right?

     Not so in Robin's Craft Room where the first card of the Easter season was about to be stamped.  Yes, the first.  Here it is less than two weeks before my favorite Spring holiday, and there was not one Easter card to be seen in the place!

     But what stamp was I going to use to start?  I have the two newest Easter sets, Blessed Easter and Eggstra Spectacular – certainly there had to be something that I could use.  But what?


     After stamping quite a few images, I finally settled on the cute little row of eggs from the Eggstra Spectacular Stamp Set.  And I thought I might like it if they were stamped in a lot of different colors in enough rows to fit on a card front.  That sounded like fun, and it was!  Before I go on to chat about the rest of the card, I'd like to share with you how I got those lines of eggs lined up so neatly.

     To begin, I knew when I purchased this stamp set that I was going to be using it (1) a lot and (2) in arrangements such as this one.  So I bought this set in wood mount form so I could do a better job of lining them up with my Stamp-a-ma-jig than I am able to do with a clear mount stamp. Not only that, I cut off the sentiments before I mounted the art images.

     But even with the Stamp-a-ma-jig, I thought I would need some help getting those little rows of eggs to be the same distance apart.  So I made my Grid Paper do double duty – be my work surface and be my guide!  This is how I did it:

  1. GridI stamped the image onto the Stamp-a-ma-jig plastic.
  2. I laid the plastic onto the grid paper and lined the image up with one of the grid lines running straight through the middle.
  3. I used a Sharpie and ruler to draw a horizontal line through the middle of the image on the Stamp-a-ma-jig.
  4. I laid the Whisper White Cardstock so that the line I wanted to stamp went through the dark horizontal line on the grid paper, and then stamped the image.
  5. I moved the cardstock up two grid lines and repeated the process.

     As you can see, I used lots of colors for this project: Calypso Coral, Tempting Turquoise, Crushed Curry, Perfect Plum, Rose Red, and Wild Wasabi.

     When I trimmed this sheet, I ended up with a piece of stamped Whisper White Cardstock that was 4-3/4" high by 3" wide.  As I wanted this to be centered on a card base, the final card ended up being not quite as wide as a standard card that goes in an A2 envelope – it was 3-3/4" wide instead of 4-1/4" wide.  Not too much of a difference and this will still go nicely into an A2 envelope.

     I finished off the card with mats of Crushed Curry and Wild Wasabi on a Rose Red card base.  The sentiment is from the Delightful Dozen Stamp Set, and I punched it and its mat with the Modern Label Punch.  For the mat, I folded a scrap of Rose Red cardstock in half and punched the folded cardstock to make the mat a bit taller than the original punch size.

     I tied the project together with a bow made of Wild Wasabi 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, and added some color to some of the eggs in the rows with a Basic Pearl Jewel Accent in each.

     So my first Easter Card is done!  Now to get some more done so I don't miss getting all the cards I want to in the mail!!!

Here's a recap of the products that I used in today's project:





Posted on : Apr 07 2014
Posted under Challenges, Punches, Stamping, SUO Challenges, Tutorial |

Love Those Little Starfish!

Aloha, all!

     One of my favorite papers from the Stampin' Up! 2014 Occasions Catalog is the one from the High Tide Designer Series Paper set with the starfish and other small images on it.  As I did with the whale image on one of the other papers back in January, I used my trusty little Paper Snips and did a bit of fussing cutting of some Starfish images and attached them to the front of this card.


     Oooh, and then I couldn't resist one of the scallops on the same sheet of paper!  I think fussy cutting (that's what some stampers call it when you hand cut something out like this) just makes any paper pop a bit, even if you just adhere it with Mini Glue Dots, as I did with these little critters.

SFFSketch     As you can imagine, as this is Friday, I made this card based on the sketch from the Sketch Frenzy Friday Team.  This is a fun and easy sketch, and I really would have liked to have used the Banner Punch that was in the Sale-A-Bration catalog.  But Sale-A-Bration is over, and this fun little punch isn't going to be available for you to purchase until the 2014-2014 Stampin' Up! Catalog is published at the beginning of June.  So, as I like it to be possible for you to copy my projects if you wish, I decided instead to use the Triangle Punch, which is definitely still available for purchase!

     As I love to pick up the colors from Designer Series Paper for my card bases as well as other cardstock layers in my projects, I chose Calypso Coral and Pacific Point Cardstock, the former for my card base and the latter for the first layer of the card.  I also used the Pacific Point cardstock for punching the triangles and for a bit of a mat behind the stamped sentiment in the lower right corner.

     It's actually been a while since I've used ribbon for a main element in a card, and I was happy to use the Summer Starfruit Stitched Satin Ribbon to complement the Summer Starfruit color in the Designer Series Paper..

     I didn't need this card to be for any special occasions, but I did want to use the Modern Label Punch as I thought that was just the right size for a sentiment for this layout.  So so I went looking for a sentiment stamp that worked with that punch and found one in the Too Kind Stamp Set.  It was JUST the right size!

     For a bit of extra pizzazz, I added some of the Calypso Coral Candy Dots to accent the punched elements.  It was then that I wanted just a teensy bit more for an accent and cut that Summer Starfruist scallop image and adhered it to the sentiment.

     It was ALL fun – the papers, the punches, the colors and the embellishments!  I hope whatever you decide to work on this weekent will be equally fun!

.    Here are most of the Stampin' Up! products I used in this project.  You can click on any of these pictures and you'll go right to my Stampin' Up! Store where you can order whatever you'd like!




Posted on : Apr 03 2014
Posted under Challenges, Punches, Sketch Frenzy Friday |

My Take on a Magazine Project!

Aloha, all!

     Today I received one of my favorite pieces of e-mail news – that one of my favorite magazines was ready for me to peruse online!  This time the magazine was CardMaker magazine, and it's one that ALWAYS gtives me fun ideas.   This month was no exception, with a fun tutorial to make a Floral Clutch Card.  So I had to get my Stampin' Up! stamps, papers, cardstock and tools out right away to make it!


     Unfortunately, the instructions had several incorrect measurements in them, so my first try was not quite what I had hoped it would be.  Nonetheless, I thought it was good enough to share with you.  In fact, now that I know what the measurements SHOULD be, and now that I have a sense of how to use Stampin' Up! products to their best advantage in this card, I've decided to write my own tutorial for both me AND you to use!

     But, no, I'm not offering it here.  I still have to write the tutorial, including photos, measurements, and layouts – and I'm going to be sharing it with you in my April 2014 Newsletter!  Not on my Newsletter mailing list?  All you have to do is complete the form up on the left, click Submit, and you'll be on my list!  When you sign up,  you'll get yet another tutorial just as a gift for signing up.  So sign up today, and you'll have two tutorials before you know it!

     I'll be publishing my Newsletter next Tuesday, April 8th, so don't delay!

     Now off to check out some of the other projects in this month's magazine – and make at least one or two more with Stampin' Up! products – and I'll be sure to share them here!


Posted on : Apr 02 2014
Posted under Announcement, Sizzix, Stampin' Up! Tools, Stamping |

The Last Day of Sale-a-Bration 2014!

Aloha, all!

     Monday, March 31, 2014, is the last day of the best Stampin' Up! promotion of the year – Sale-a-Bration!  To help you decide whether you might really want some of the Sale-a-Bration products, I've created one last greeting card using some of my favorite Sale-a-Bration products!

Lasdf Day of SAB

     My very most favorite product in this year's Sale-a-Bration catalog is the Sweet Sorbet Designer Series Paper.  You've seen me use several of the sheets of this paper in previous projects, but I haven't made much use of the tone-on-tone Crisp Cantaloupe sheet.  That seemed to be the perfect sheet to go with the central layered element of this card.

     And that central layered element is where this card started.  I looked around and found I've not yet shared with you the Petal Parade Stamp Set.  What fun this set is, and I'm glad I got to use two of the stamps in this project.  The first is the horizontal floral element which I stamped three times across the top half of the Whisper White Cardstock, using Crisp Cantaloupe Classic Ink.  The second stamp is the scalloped design stamped, again three times, across the bottom half of the Whisper White cardstock.

     In between these two stamped rows I added a cordI made using all three colors of the twine in the Sweet Sorbet Accessory Pack.  There's a quick video on how to make a basic cord here if you'd like to try this.  It's key to tie the ends of the cord you're going to use in a knot before you cut it or it will all spring apart pretty quickly! I especially like the way that the cord accents the striped piece of Designer Series paper on the bottom of the card. Do please note that I didn't attach the cord until the rest of the card was done.  I drew a line of Tombow Multipurpose Adhesive across the middle of the central layer and then laid the cord on it pressing a bit until the adhesive started to dry.  Then I let it sit for a couple of minutes before I set the card up to photograph it.

     To make the scalloped top of the central layer, I used the Large Scalloped Edgelit on both the Whisper White cardstock and on a piece of Coastal Cabana Cardstock.  I have to tell you that I find it too complicated to figure out exactly how high a piece of cardstock needs to be to mat another piece of cardstock when an edgelit or framelit is involved.  So for the bottom, I just cut a 1/2" strip of Coastal Cabana to mat it.

     I stamped the sentiment on the bottom section of the card using Jet Black Stazon Ink directly onto the Designer Series Paper.  If you look around at the other sheets in this Designer Series Paper set, you'll see that Black is one of the accent colors in several of them.  So I decided just to make black an accent in my design, starting with the stamped sentiment.  That, of course, is from yet another Sale-a-Bration product, the See Ya Later Stamp Set.

    To finish off the card, I layered the Designer Series Paper and Central Layered Sections onto a piece of Basic Black Cardstock, and then mounted the entire card front onto a Coastal Cabana Cardstock card base.

     And that's all there is to this card – some basic cardstock and ink and Sale-a-Bration 2014 products!  This is your last chance for these and many more products!  If you have any questions about how you can take advantage of getting these Sale-a-Bration products free, don't hesitate to call or e-mail me today – yes, TODAY!  It's the LAST DAY OF SALE-A-BRATION 2014!

     Here's a recap of the Sale-a-Bration products that I used in today's card:




Posted on : Mar 30 2014
Posted under Sizzix, Stamping |