I Never Get Tired of Christmas Cards!

Aloha, all!

     Finally I'm at a time of the year when it won't hurt me or anyone else if all I post about are Christmas Cards! Well, I'll be making some birthday cards as there are lots of birthdays in my circle of family and friends between now and Christmas. I may even share some here with you. But I am SO ready to start showing off Christmas Cards in earnest.

     My first card for this fun effort is one I CASEd (Copy And Share with Everyone) from one of Stampin' Up!s Million Dollar Sales demonstrators, Linda Bauwin. When demonstrators reach that milestone, one of their recent perks is to help Stampin' Up! develop a new stamp set based on their interests. Linda's stamp set is called, Half Full, and is featured in the Stampin' Up! 2017 Holiday Catalog. Linda made a Waterfall Card with her set that I had to stop everything and go make for myself!

     OK, I'm sure you can't see the Half Full Stamp Set in this photo. But I'll be showing that off before I write too many more sentences! First, I'd like to show off one of the sheets from the gorgeous Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP). The "specialty" in this set of papers is that every sheet has foil accents on it. Among the foils accent colors are Champagne, Gold, Silver and Copper. This sheet seems to have all three. But I have to tell you, I have a hard time seeing the difference between Champagne and Silver unless they're side by side, which doesn't happen in this sheet. And It's really not important. I chose to use Gold as my accent color for the rest of the card, beginning with the Year of Cheer Specialty Washi Tape that I ran across the bar near the bottom of the card. I LOVE this washi tape, with the same foll accents as in the DSP.

     The stamped and embossed (with Gold) snowflakes are from two different stamp sets. The large snowflake is from the Colorful Seasons Stamp Set, and the smaller flakes in lines at the bottom of the other two layers of this waterfall card are from the Merry Cafe Stamp Set. I love it when I can find just what I want in a stamp set where I didn't expect to fine it!

     Here, then, are the flips that appear in the waterfall card when you pull the ribboned tab down from the card. The first flip (at the left) has a row of wine glasses colored to look somewhat like they're filled with white wine. The words, embossed in white just above it is one of the fun quotes from this set – made perfect when paired with the words above the second flip panel (at the right) that explain the glasses filled with red wine. If it's too small for you to read, they say, "I'm dreaming of a white Christmas." And then, "But if the white runs out, I'll drink red." My sentiments exactly! And what a perfect set of stamps and words for a waterfall card.

     Everything that I stamped on this card is heat-embossed. The snowflakes and wine classes are embossed in Gold and the words are embossed in White. I prefer to emboss items stamped onto colored cardstock. I rarely stamp onto colored cardstock unless it's for a watermark-style image or some background. So I keep a good stock of embossing powder on hand.

     If you'd like to try your hand at this waterfall card, there are plenty of videos out on YouTube (including the video for this project). And here are the products I featured in this project. If you're interested in any of them, be sure to click on the icon to go directly to my Stampin' Up! store to read more about the product and order it online!

 


Posted on : Nov 24 2017
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A Fun Fold For Christmas!

Aloha, all!

     Today was my monthly card-making class, and the theme was "Fun Folds." Today I'm sharing one of the cards with you. Even better, next week I'll be sharing the tutorial for this fun fold with those on my newsletter list. My class attendees loved this and I know you'll enjoy making it too.

 

     What a cute use for the fun (the word of the day) Smitten Mittens Stamp Set and the so very well coordinated paper from the Be Merry Designer Series Paper Set. But I think that this picture of the card showing the inside is even cuter:

     And, to complete the full picture of what the card looks like in real life:

     The only time consuming part of this card's construction was stamping and cutting the little pieces from the Stamp Set using the Many Mittens Framelits Dies. But the outcome is so worth it. Of course, I'll be sending this card to someone special for sure. Now just to figure out who it will be? Maybe one of my Stampin' Up! downline???

     Here are the products I used for this project. Just click on any of them to check them out in my very own Stampin' Up! Store!

 


Posted on : Nov 20 2017
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Thankful for Stampin’ Blends!

Aloha, all!

     Two events have crossed paths in my Craft Room this first week in November, and today I get to talk about them both!

     FIRST – It's, once again, time for the biweekly Stampin' Up! Only Challenge. The theme for this month of Thanksgiving in the United States is, "Thankful." I truly love making greeting cards with Fall colors, and our Thanksgiving time provides the perfect occasion for many types of cards.

     SECOND – We're in the first week of offering Stampin' Up!'s newest product – Stampin' Blends – for sale. These are Stampin' Up!'s newest and best alcohol markers that coordinate with Stampin' Up! colors. Over to the right there's a link to a page with much more information about these wonderful projects. Stampin' Up! demonstrators have had them already for several weeks and we're just having a blast with them. It makes coloring projects so easy to shade.

     That's how I came to have this particular card, colored with Stampin' Blends for the new SUO Challenge!

     Last year I made quite a few cards using this beautiful basket of gourds from the Basket of Wishes Stamp Set. But this year I could actually shade them much better, including adding several colors that blend together so well (thus the markers are called Stampin' BLENDS!).

     Here is a sample of the colors that I used for this project as I started designing this card.

     Once I finished coloring the basket, I decided to use one of the papers from the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack as a mat for the colored-in stamped image as well as the sentiment, from the same stamp set. After that I just matted it with the Pumpkin Pie and Old Olive Cardstock, both colors in the stamped image, tie them with some of the Jute Twine that's in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog, and mount it all on a Whisper White Cardbase. I have to tell you that that was just about the ugliest card I have made in years. Oh, I've made some doozies. But this one just took the cake. I have no idea what I was thinking when I just lined all those images up on a matted card. So, no, that's not what you see on this page.

     What you do see on this page is the central design that I rescued from the less than wonderful card. I had to lighten up and bit and make the card a lot more interesting if I was going to show it off anywhere buy in my craft room (even then I might have hid it somewhere). So I found a lovely Old Olive Print in the Petal Garden Designer Series Paper Stack. When I went looking for something else to add to the layering, I finally found what I really wanted and that was a bit of bling for the design – Gold!  I first added one of the Gold Foil Snowflakes from the Stampin' Up! 2017 Holiday Catalog

     For my second piece of gold, I got out my Gold Metallic Thread and played around with it a bit trying to make it work between the two stamped elements on the card front. Then I remembered all the cording I had made when I used to do counted thread work, and made some gold cording out of the thread. For those of you who make cording, I used three 30" pieces of the thread, folded the group in half and twisted the threads until it was a fairly lightly-wound cord. I let it fold back on itself. It was plenty long to be able to wrap in around to the back of the stamped layer and the wood print paper and adhere it in the back.

     Once I added the stamped layers to the card using Stampin' Dimensionals, I added several Gold sequins from the Metallic Sequins Assortment.

     This card is SOOO much better than the original. And, no, I didn't photograph that one before I started. It just wasn't worth a photograph. But the stamped and colored design was definitely worth keeping. I'll be sharing some more projects with Stampin' Blends later this week, with a bit more information about our best new product for this fall (my humble opinion).

     Here are the products I feature in this project. Let me know if I can answer any questions about any of them – and even the Stampin' Blends!

 


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Posted on : Nov 06 2017
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Halloween’s Over – But Not These Products!

Aloha, all!

     I really do like the Spooky Night Designer Series Paper, as well as the Patterned Pumpkins Thinlits Dies that are in the Stampin' Up! 2017 Holiday Catalog. And you just have to know that they're not just for Halloween! There are some beautiful designs with Fall Colors in that paper set, and pumpkins will take us all the way to the USA's Thanksgiving at the end of this month. So I'll be using both quite a bit when I have the time for non-Christmas projects over the next few weeks.

     Today's project is a set of Bookmarks that I made last week for my (very large) book club. I really wanted to go to the Book Club Meeting this month as it was being hosted by a friend whose house is right on the ocean, and it was such a gorgeous day. But I'm kind of stuck in a wheelchair for at least the next couple of weeks, and getting up to her second story which is the main part of her house was just not in the cards for me.

     For these bookmarks, I really did run an assembly line operation. I cut out as many pieces of paper and cardstock as I could at one time with the Sizzix Big Shot and the Thinlits Set.  The basic layers for the bookmarks were all rectangles, so they were easy to cut using my Stampin' Trimmer. Once all the pieces were ready to assemble, the gluing pretty much went on assembly line style, too. I glued everything except for the starred pumpkin image using Multipurpose Adhesive. For the pumpkins, the last pieces that I added to the bookmarks, I used the new Mini Stampin' Dimensionals.

     Now I wonder what else I'm going to do with the last bit of paper I have from the Spooky Night set. Oooh, I haven't yet cut out pumpkins from the pumpkin sheet. Did you know that the Thinlits will cut those out perfectly, too? I may have to make something to take to Thanksgiving Dinner!

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Posted on : Nov 01 2017
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Happy Halloween – Part 2!

Aloha, all!

     And Happy Halloween to all of you who enjoy this fun, but sometimes spooky, celebration.

     Yesterday's card featured the Stampin' Up! Cat Punch, and so does today's!

     But the background for this card is somewhat different from yesterday's, especially in that there's not much in the way of Designer Series Paper except for the two cats that I punched out.

     You might remember a Halloween card I shared last month in which I used the same background as I did for this card. I had requests from my regular class attendees to feature a couple of cards for this class using the Cat Punch. There were requests for the other two cards for that class, too, so I figured I'd just reuse the shaded brick idea as they'd not used it in class for a long, long time.

     The bricks come from using the Brick Wall Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. It's amazing how many different looks this design can have in a card. But I think coloring the folder by sponging Pumpkin Pie Ink onto the folder before running the cardstock through it gives it a more "spooky" feeling, especially when I carried the sponging to the edges of the brick wall layer, too.

     We saw the black cat yesterday, and the orange cat is also printed in the same sheet of Designer Series Paper from the Spooky Night Set as is the black cat.

     Another new set of products in this card is the Labels to Love Stamp Set, which also has Christmas and Valentine's stamps in it, along with the new Everyday Label Punch. Once I finished putting the card together, I went searching for some sequins to use, not really sure what I'd find in my stash. Durned if I didn't find the Metallics Sequin Assortment in a drawer in my Craft Room – and there are black sequins in that set! Who would have thunk it!

     I'm obviously getting punchy, so I'll sign off for now. But don't forget to check back tomorrow when I'll feature one more project using the Spooky Night Designer Series Paper set, and it will NOT be a Halloween project, per se.

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Posted on : Oct 31 2017
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Happy Halloween – Part 1!

Aloha, all!

     As Halloween has approached, I haven't done much in the way of card-making because I'm still dealing with the repercussions of having a broken foot. That means that I've pretty much been concentrating on making my Christmas Cards because I may be out of commission for a while in late Fall if I have to have surgery. And Christmas cards HAVE to be handmade for the most part to get into the mail from this house!

     But – I made some Halloween cards earlier in the season for my monthly card-making class, and today and tomorrow I'll share two of them with you.

     Both of these cards feature the Stampin' Up! Cat Punch, and both punched images are taken straight from the Spooky Night Designer Series Paper set. I love it when Stampin' Up! coordinates products for us like that!

     Not only is the cat from the Designer Series Paper set, but so are the rest of the Designer Papers on the card front. The spooky tree in front of the moon (thus "spooky night") is a 3" square cut out of one of the other sheets in the set. I love how the cat looks sitting in front of that spooky scene. In fact, one of the people in the class adhered her cat so that it looked like it was sitting on the trees branch. Very spooky, indeed!

     The two striped pieces of paper are designs that, while they're in the Halloween paper set, can be used all through the Fall, and I'll be doing that, as I'll show you on Wednesday morning.

     The Halloween embellishments this year are lots of fun, too. I especially love the Vintage Crochet Trim that I've tied into a bow on the card front. The "happy halloween" sentiment is from the oldie but goodie Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set, and I punched it out using the Classic Label Punch.

     I'm sure you can believe that tomorrow's card will also feature the Cat Punch (I do love cats). But the card is not at all like this one!  So check back on Halloween!

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Posted on : Oct 30 2017
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There’s Still Time to Earn the Merry Patterns Set!

     The Merry Patterns Stamp Set is exclusive for anyone who orders $300 or more of Stampin' Up! products in September and October 2017. It's a Stampin' Rewards set that's in addition to the rest of your Stampin' Rewards for buying – or having a party that results in total sales of – $300 of Stampin' Up! products.

 

     Let me know by e-mail or phone (the number is at the top of this page!) if you have any questions about this great promotion!

 

     Here are some cards I made with this set. I managed to use all of the pieces from the set – makes it a perfect set as far as I'm concerned!

 

 

 

 


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Posted on : Oct 26 2017
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Christmas Treats!

Aloha, all!

     Once again it's time for the biweekly Stampin' Up! Only Challenge at SUOChallenges.com. This time, as we're headed inexorably towards Halloween, the challenge is Treat themed. But, while I do enjoy making Halloween cards, I do not have any stamp sets that feature Trick or Treat or even any kind of Halloween Treat. So I decided to look forward to Christmas. I am a bit short on Christmas treats, too. But I do have the very delicious-looking Gingerbread Man from the Cookie Cutter Christmas Stamp Set.

     Last year I made myself a note and stuck it into this stamp set reminding me that Soft Suede Ink was the best color to mimic the color of Gingerbread for this set. So Soft Suede it is for this card. But my favorite part of this card, which I could not have made last year, was being able to stamp a little strip of mini Gingerbread men for the top and bottom of this card front. These little cuties are from the new Iconic Christmas Stamp Set. When I first saw this stamp set, I wasn't sure that it was something that I wanted to tackle – too many little parts! On the other hand, the next few times I looked at the set in the catalog, I realized that I could have a lot of fun with those little images, even if I didn't stamp the big tree that's the featured image. Sure enough, those two little Gingerbread men were just perfect for this card.

     To make the line of minis, I mounted both the outline and the filled-in stamps on one small stamp block (B block). Then I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to place them on the Whisper White Cardstock that I used for the front of the card. By the way, I stamped the three strips of Gingerbread people on three separate pieces of cardstock because I wasn't entirely sure where I was going with this card. Once I figured it out, I figured I could just stamp everyone on one piece of cardstock and mount that onto the Real Red and Garden Green Cardstock, before mounting the whole grouping onto the card base.

     The ribbon is the Quilted Christmas 1/4" Ribbon. I used that for the "bow tie" for the middle large Gingerbread Man that I punched out using the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch. The bow ties for the other two images also were punched out using the punch and some Real Red Cardstock.

     If you'd like to try to recreate this card, the stamped Whisper White cardstock layer is 5-1/4" wide by 4" high, which is a pretty standard measurement for this kind of layer. Just stamp the minis very close to the top and bottom edges and then center the larger Gingerbreads between the two rows of minis.

     Here are the products that I used for this project. It's definitely neither too early nor too late to buy these products to make your own Sweet Treat Christmas Card! You can get to my personal Stampin' Up! webpage by clicking on any of the icons below. There you can find out more about any of these products and purchase them all if you'd like. My hostess code for October is P6YZS2N6. Enter it when you first start your order and you may be one of my customers who receives a surprise crafting gift in November! If you are going to order $150 or more, please do not use this hostess code, but just be sure to collect your Stampin' Rewards when you complete your order! Call me if you have any questions or concerns!

 


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Posted on : Oct 23 2017
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Stampin’ Blends Available for New Demonstrators!

Aloha, all!

     If you follow Stampin' Up! trends on social media, I'm sure you're heard that Stampin' Up! has finally developed a great new set of alcohol markers which they have named, Stampin' Blends. For now – until October 15th, which is coming up soon – only Demonstrators are permitted to order these products, and even then only one of each set of colors. The good news is that, if you've considered joining Stampin' Up! as a demonstrator, whether to start a business or to get discounts for your hobby purchases, you can order Stampin' Blends as part of your Starter Kit. Without exception, everyone who has ever signed up as a downline with me already had a good stash of Stampin' Up! products in their own craft rooms, and filled their Starter Kit with new fun products they'd put off buying for one reason or another.

     The Stampin' Blends are definitely one good reason. I waited until I received them and played around with them for a while before I decided that I'd be happy to recommend them to my readers and customers. And when they're released for general purchase, I'll recommend them again. But for now the focus is on those of you who might be considering joining Stampin' Up! as a demonstrator and want to have the newest product available – the Stampin' Blends. The cards above are a part of the kit mentioned in the following section, and the flowers are colored with the Light and Dark Pink Pirouette Stampin' Blends Markers.

     All it takes for you to become a demonstrator is for you to place an order for $125 worth of products for which YOU PAY ONLY $99! And there is no shipping fee, either. Taxes depend on where you reside in the United States. To receive all of the Stampin' Blends, including a Light and Dark marker for each of 12 Stampin' Up! Colors, plus a Color Lifter and an Ivory and Bronze marker each to help with skin tones. This is a total of 27 markers, for a total of $121.50. This leaves you with $3.50 to purchase some Metallic Thread or Baker's Twine or some other items in the Stampin' Up! Catalog.

     Of course, you don't have to purchase all of the Stampin' Blend Colors. You could purchase the Color Me Happy Stamp and Card Kit Bundle (shown below) – made to show off the Stampin' Blends – and the four colors that you need to make the kit cards (Pink Pirouette, Bermuda Bay, Pumpkin Pie, and Night of Navy. That's a total of $36 + $39.50 (for the kit with the clear mount rubber stamp set) or $75.50. That leaves you with another $49.50 to order quite a bit from the Stampin' Up! catalogs to fill out your Starter kit.

     If you have any questions, please let me know! You can e-mail me at robin@robinscraftroom.com, or call me at 808-854-6145. If you know you'd like to sign up as a demonstrator, just go to my website and click on "Join the Fun" at the right of the top toolbar!

     Here are product numbers for the products I've listed above. Call or e-mail me if you'd like other product numbers.

  • Stampin' Blends Marker Collection – Item # 147475, $121.50
  • Pink Pirouette Stampin' Blends (Light & Dark) – Item #144604, $9.00
  • Night of Navy Stampin' Blends (Light & Dark) – Item #144045, $9.00
  • Bermuda Bay Stampin' Blends (Light & Dark) – Item #144600, $9.00
  • Pumpkin Pie Stampin' Blends (Light & Dark) – Item #144599, $9.00
  • Color Me Happy Bundle (Clear Mount) Project Kit  + Stamp Set (10% discount) – Item #148034, $39.50

 


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Posted on : Oct 11 2017
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A Favorite from the Holiday Catalog!

Aloha, all!

     With that kind of a greeting, how would it be possible for me have as a favorite from the 2017 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog anything other than A Beachy Little Christmas! With a tree decorated with seashells, a Palm Tree sporting Christmas lights, a Crab in the sand carrying some mistletoe (or maybe some other greenery), or a Beach Shack with a fun Surf Board, this stamp set just cries, "Hawaii"! Well, there are Floridians and Californians and others who claim this stamp set as "theirs." But for today, it's mine!

     This is one of the cards that I made for my monthly card-making class, which happened to be yesterday afternoon. Several of my local customers have purchased this set (well, I can says its "theirs," too, I guess, as they're here in Hawaii with me) and one of them sweet talked me into doing a whole class featuring this stamp set. As the week goes on, I'll share some more of the cards we made in the class – all so different from one another, but from the same stamp set – and no others.

     I first tried my hand at coloring in the images on this card using Stampin' Up!'s Stampin' Write Markers. But they were just a tad too dark and the line art in the images was hidden by the colors. Instead, I broke out my blender pens and colored everything in a bit more lightly. The only exception to this was the little crab (or is she a lobster?) which I colored in using full-strength markers.

     Here are the products I used to make this card. I'd love to have you buy any of them from me – even the Beachy Little Christmas Stamp Set, no matter where you live!

 


Posted on : Oct 09 2017
Posted under Challenges, Sizzix, Stamping, SUO Challenges |