Yikes! There are so many people I like to send Halloween cards to, and I basically have two more days to get my cards made and sent out. Mail takes longer to get to mainland destinations from Hawaii, so I'd better get on the stick. But at least I got my craft room set up enough to get some done!
I love, love, love the sayings in the Stampin' Up! Tee-hee-hee Photopolymer Stamp Set! Some of them soooo perfectly fit my favorite (only?) niece, AND said favorite niece spends the whole year figuring out what her Halloween Party is going to feature. I had the pleasure to attend one of the parties a few years ago, and I wish I could be on the east coast to attend others. Oh, my, her Halloween parties are over the top! So, of course, I'll be sending this card off to her.
I've used five of the stamps from this set for this card (two are on the inside). I wanted the sentiment stamp to be the featured stamp in this card, so I thought of placing it on a strip that would go along the width of a 5-1/2" x 4-1/4" card. Once I made that decision, I had to figure out what I'd do with the top and bottom. I decided to put a hat on the top and the darling shoes on the bottom. After I'd put one of each on the card, it occurred to me that adding one more on each side would be perfect!
Back to the sentiment, but just briefly. I still didn't know what I wanted to do with it. So I designed the layering for the card as my next part of the project. I am back into my old habit of leaving everything out from one project before I start on the next, and I still had some papers that I'd used for one of my next newsletter articles out – papers from the Stampin' Up! Color Me Autumn Designer Series Paper set. I really wanted to show off at least one of those papers, so I started my layering. As I couldn't make up my mind about which paper to use, I ended up using two – the Crushed Curry and the Cajun Craze solid type designs. But right on top of one another, they didn't really "pop." That thin little layer of Basic Black Cardstock took care of that problem and I was off to the races! The one thing I had to do was to trim my stamped layer down a bit more than I had originally designed. But I'd left plenty of room, so trim away I did.
Finally I had to tackle that sentiment strip, and I spotted my roll of 1-1/4" Burlap Ribbon, which had hardly ever been used. Why not make that the base layer of the strip! I cut it the width of the card and then notched each end before fringing each notch. Stamping some Very Vanilla Cardstock using Cajun Craze ink, and layering that on some Basic Black, again with just a small bit showing, finished my strip.
What a fun card, and I'm sure Margie will love it!
Here is a quick look at the inside stamping, which I placed in the lower left corner, and I've included a layout sketch!
And here are the products I featured in this project. To buy any of them, all you have to do is click on the picture and you will be taken to my online Stampin' Up! store. Easy!
While I do enjoy making greeting cards with a Halloween theme, I'm not much for trick or treating. So when the SUO Challenge came around with the theme, "The Treat's the Thing," I wanted to do something other than a Trick or Treat project. In looking through all my Stampin' Up 2014 Holiday Catalog goodies – that haven't been touched! – I found the Under the Tree Specialty Designer Series Paper set, packed right next to my brand new (i.e., unused) Gift Box Punch Board. Now that looked like a great combination for making a box to hold some fun Christmas Treats. Oh, and I definitely need them because I'm hosting one of the clubs to which I belong for its annual Christmas dinner!
Besides the lovely colors, one feature of this Specialty Paper is that it is card stock weight! It's a nice thick Kraft cardstock with Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green prints. There's also most Early Espresso in the set, but I chose not to use any of it for this project. Nice color, though!
For this project, I used the measurements for the smallest box that the Gift Box Punch Board makes – a 1-3/4" cube. The instructions for using the Punch Board, as well as measurements for paper, are printed right on the Punch Board itself. That makes it SOOOO easy – and we know SOOOOO easy is my favorite kind of project! There is one feature that I had to practice a bit before I got it right. That feature is punching the slits in the four corners that come together to form the top of the box. I finally decided to turn the punch board over so that I could make sure that the point of each of the corners fit snugly into the cutting area for the slits.
This isn't the clearest of photos, but I'd like you to see that, on the back, there is a place for the point to sit. Once you have that in position, everything else will line up perfectly. What I did was to place the point into the notch, hold it tightly and then turn the punch board back to the front so that I could see just how the paper/cardstock was supposed to look from the front before punching. It took a few tries, but now I have it down pat.
Once I had everything cut and the folds creased as instructed, I found that I wanted to have some adhesive to hold the corners of the boxes in place. Because I was using cardstock-weight paper, I used Sticky Strip for my adhesive.
I first removed the Sticky Strip cover from the inside and folded the corners into the inside of the box. This shows the first one that I adhered. You can see the "outside" Sticky Strip ready to have its cover removed and adhered just to the right of where the corner is adhered. After I did this for all four corners, then I removed the covers of the Sticky Strip on the outside and adhered the sides of the boxes all together.
To complete the decorations, I cut a 24" strip of Very Vanilla Seam Binding Ribbon, wrapped it around each box and tied it into a bow.
For the decoration on each box, I stamped the word, "joy" from the Endless Wishes Photopolymer Stamp Set onto a scrap of Very Vanilla Cardstock and trimmed it to make a small banner. I used both Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green Classic Ink for the stamping. I added one of the star shapes from the Basics Hodgepodge Clips along with either a Cherry Cobbler or Garden Green Candy Dot to decorate the base of the banner before I adhered it to each of the boxes with Glue Dots.
What a fun and easy project. It will be a cinch to have these boxes made for all the ladies in my club for our Christmas party. And there are so many things that I can put in these little boxes! M&Ms, Hershey Kisses, lots of little candies fit perfectly!
I know you're all probably now thinking of how you could make an even fancier treat holder. You are EXACTLY the people who should be showing off their treat holders in the SUO Challenges blog this time! So be sure to hop right over and enter this challenge!
Here are the products I featured in my project for today:
There has been SOOO much going on here on Hawaii's Big Island that I don't know where to start talking about it. So perhaps the solution is not to start at all, but just get on with my papercrafting life!
We are in a temporary rental home while still trying to maintain our own home and garden in another area of the island. So my craft room is in a bit of, shall we say, disarray? Yup, it's a mess. But I do have enough of my supplies out where I can find them, and so I had to make a card!
When the Stampin' Up! 2014 Holiday Catalog was published, I sent in an order for all kinds of products that I thought I'd enjoy using during September and October this year. The good news for me is that, even with everything that's been going on, I still have plenty of time to play with – AND show off – some of my Halloween goodies. Today I'm featuring the Fall Fest Photopolymer Stamp Set, along with the Fun Fall Framelits Dies. I love being able to stamp something like those fun pumpkins and not have to sit and cut them all out by hand just because I want them to pop off the page a bit! The stamp set and the framelits dies are sold singly, but also as a bundle for a 15% savings!
The paper I used as a background is one of the sheets in the Color Me Autumn Designer Series Paper set. I used Mossy Meadow Cardstock for the card base and the leaves cut with the Framelits set. To stamp the pumpkins, I used Pumpkin Pie Classic Ink (of course!), with the facial expressions stamped in Mossy Meadow Classic Ink, all on Very Vanilla Cardstock. I also used the Very Vanilla Cardstock as the layer for the inside of the card. I adhered the letters, cut with the Little Letters Thinlits Dies using Mossy Meadow Cardstock, onto the inside of the card using Multipurpose Glue.
Hmmm, the "inside of the card" she says! Here's what the card looks like when it's opened:
The front of the card is cut so that there's only a 1-3/4" front piece. I got the idea for this layout from a video made by super Stampin' Up! demonstrator, Dawn Griffith. She made a card with flowers along the front strip, but I sure do like the pumpkins! I am including a layout with measurements to show how I cut my card. But before I do that, I'd like to point out that I stamped the back as well as the front of the pumpkins.
Stamping and cutting the front is pretty easy to see how to do. But the back is a slightly different story, especially as the pumpkins aren't symmetrical. Nonetheless, what I did was to stamp and die cut the pumpkins. Then I stamped the same image on the back of the cut pieces. Since they're not going to show much from the inside of the card, I wasn't too worried about how the bottom of the back would look. So I worked to make sure that the tops of the pumpkins were as even as I could make them. This is a lot easier than with rubber stamps because this stamp set is Photopolymer, so I could see right through the stamp to make sure it was even. Finally, for each of the pumpkins, I used my Pumpkin Pie Stampin' Write Marker to color in areas where the stamped image didn't quite fit.
This will be a nice card to send to someone special in advance of Halloween, and there's a nice space in which to write a personal note from me to her!
Here are the layouts, first the outside of the card:
Then the inside of the card:
And here is the information you might want for the products that I featured in this project:
Long before we realized that we might be affected by the lava from Kilauea Volcano, we had planned a trip to the U. S. Mainland. We were going to be visiting lots of family and friends in several different locations around the country. I'd decided that a nice hostess gift for those we visited would be a set of Fall Greeting Cards.
Even at that time, though, I was in a bit of a slump as we'd just gone through a hurricane that was quite an ordeal. My creativity was nowhere to be found! I searched my brain for ideas and – nothing! So then I decided to search the internet (as good as a brain these days?). What I found was a series of sketches on the Create With Connie and Mary blog that fit what I was going to try to do perfectly! And then along came today's SUO Challenge to make a project with Fall colors. Wow – things did come together nicely for this blog post!
For the strips of paper across the bottom of the card, I used four different designs from the Color Me Autumn Designer Series Paper set from Stampin' Up!'s 2014 Holiday Catalog. The "hello Fall" stamp is from the For All Things Stamp Set from the same catalog – even on the same page!
All four of the leaves in the "bouquet" over on the right were made using both the Fall Fest Photopolymer Stamp Set and the Fun Fall Framelits Dies, which I purchased as a Bundle – and saved 15%!!! I stamped the leaves using Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry and Old Olive Stampin' Up! Ink. I adhered them to the card front with Mini Glue Dots, then used the glue dots to affix a small bow made of Old Olive 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon.
I matted the Very Vanilla Cardstock layer with a layer of Crushed Curry Cardstock and then adhered the whole thing to a Very Vanilla Card Base. With all the work I'd planned to make seven sets of four different cards, I was quite happy to have the Very Vanilla Cut and Ready Card Bases to use so I didn't have to cut and score all those card bases!
If you'd like to see all four of the cards that I made, including detailed cutting instructions, I'll be sharing all of that in my next newsletter. I'm hoping that the lava flow will stay as slow as it has been for the past few days so I can take a break from packing and storing important papers and memorabilia and publish my newsletter in the next day or so. To sign up for my newsletter – which is FREE, of course! – just complete the form in the upper left corner of this blog.
Again, a big thanks to Connie Babbert and Mary Brown of the Create With Connie and Mary blog for the inspiration I needed to get some crafting done!
Here are some products I used in making this card:
As I wrote last week, I'm pretty much out of commission regarding any paper crafting for a while. It looks as if it is fairly certain that the road between where we live and the rest of the Big Island of Hawaii will be cut off by lava within the next few weeks. At this moment the lava is traveling relatively quickly. On another day it may be moving slowly. But moving it is. We are planning as if it is certain that the lava will cross the road. We are planning for the worst, but hoping for the best. My husband said that, after this move to another house on the other side of the lava, he's going to look very smart or very stupid for having moved so quickly.. He's hoping that he ends up looking stupid and we get to move back to our home and lovely garden.
Today is furniture moving day. We are leaving enough in our home to continue to live here until the very last minute. We love it here.
It's also a continuation of my efforts to pack my craft room. All my 8-1/2" x 11" card stock and all of my stamps are already at our new home, along with lots of accessories, packed into boxes awaiting a move of my work tables next week. Today is ribbons/ink/Sizzix/punches packing day. Tomorrow we will move those to the new house. All of my 12" x 12" paper is already stored in plastic boxes, so no more packing needed for that. Other items are in hanging baskets and those baskets surely do look like packing boxes to me!
I'll keep in touch – and I even have a card to post next week for the SUO Challenges biweekly blog. But I doubt I'll be back in my craft room full time until mid-October. After that, watch out world! I'll have lots of pent up crafting energy!
Have you wondered where I've been? Well, I've been very near my craft room, but not in it much. Perhaps you've heard of the lava flow that's threatening communities on Hawaii's Big Island? I live in one of those communities.
The biggest threat for us is that the lava may cross the one road that connects our communities (many of them) with the rest of the island. The "rest of the island" is where we go for all normal everyday supplies and services, from groceries to medical care. As you can imagine, that creates some stress. The good news for us is that we have the opportunity to rent another home away from the lava threat. While we don't want to leave our home and garden, we are actively preparing to do so. When the government says we have to evacuate, we'll have to move.
That said, our new, hopefully temporary, home will have enough space for me to have a craft room. Meanwhile, I'm putting everything into boxes. And everything will stay in boxes until we know what the situation is going to be.
I really miss all my crafting and blogging and staying in touch on the computer with all my online friends, including you. The good news is that this is a business that allows me the flexibility to just stop for awhile, and then pick everything up when life is more stable.
Meanwhile, I'll be staying in touch with the Stampin' Up! website and blogs and will be sharing many of the Stampin' Up! blog posts on my facebook page, Robin's Craft Room. I'll also provide updates on the lava flow and where we are in our new adventure. I'd love for you to "Like" my page so we can keep in touch!
I cannot believe it's been almost a week since I've posted. And so much has happened in Stampin' Up! land since then – most important of all the release of the 2014 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog! You can be sure I'm working on some projects from that catalog right now. But for today, I'm sharing a card I made for my 14-year old grandson, Quin.
Quin was just here to visit us this month, and spent 12 days enjoying being with his grandparents – his first trip across the ocean all by himself. Seven of those 12 days were spent in a home with no electricity, running water or phone service, all courtesy of Hurricane Iselle who left our section of Hawaii's Big Island in a shambles. But we found lots to do and Quin even helped with some of the garden clean up work. Then he got to go home just in time to celebrate his birthday with the rest of the family.
For a 14-year old High School Freshman, I decided that there were to be no flowers or ribbons or cutesy thing on his card. So I went looking around for some papers that would give me some design inspiration, and I found this sheet from the Back to Black Designer Series Paper. What initially looked like large polka dots to me turn out to be small hexagons. Hexagons! There was my inspiration. First I picked up the stamp set, Six-Sided Sampler and then turned to the Geometrical stamp set. If "geometry" doesn't say, "high school," then I can't image what would!
I stamped half a dozen hexagons, 2 each of 3 of the designs in the Six-Sided Sampler set. and punched them with the Hexagon Punch. Then I discovered that my great idea for the card was not going to work on a A2 card. I fussed around with a layout for a while and finally decided on a 5-1/2" x 8" card. I still had to cut off the outside of two of the hexagons, but I like having a design go "off the edge" in an artistic way (oooh, I'm an artist!).
The arrows from the Geometrical Stamp set were a last minute addition after I'd stamped Happy Birthday from the Sassy Salutations stamp set. I had intended to use some of the other designs from the Geometrical set, but decided not to as the design was going to get awfully cluttered. As it is, I think it's got just enough for a fun card front!
I layered all that black and white paper up with some Real Red Cardstock and mounted it all onto a Whisper White Card Base. With all those layers, I definitely weighed this card before I sent it out – yup! Almost 2 ounces! Yikes! That's why I make most of my cards smaller. But Quin's special, so off went this special card in the mail with the proper postage!
Here are the products that I used in this card!
Today I almost feel as if I'm back in control of my household and my craft room! There's just two loads of laundry left over from all that time we didn't have electricity, and just half a load of plates and utensils we used during the storm that we weren't able to wash because of no fresh hot water, let alone a dishwasher to do them in.
I'm also a little bit back into working in my craft room, though still not spending as much time as I like and usually do. But today's the day for the biweekly SUO Challenge, and I'm committeed to making a card for that. So off I went to see what was quickly available to use! It helped that the challenge this time is to make a Clean and Simple (CAS) Card.
Granted that I wasn't really creative with my layout (you saw that in a project a week or so ago), but I am featuring some brand new products from the 2014 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog – available for you to purchase products from on THURSDAY! Yes, this year the Holiday Catalog will go live a few days before the Labor Day weekend so we all will have lots of fun stuff with which to play after that holiday.
I certainly had some time to play with some of my new Holiday Catalog "stuff" before the hurricane hit and my grandson came to visit. And for today, I'm sharing two new products, both of which can be found on the same page (check out page 41 if you already have the catalog).
The first new product is a sheet of the Color Me Autumn Designer Series Paper. Yes, just one sheet – the strip at the top is the back of the paper with the brush stroke designs. I just folded it over and adhered it to keep it folded down. This paper set has some of my favorite fall colors in it, including Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry, Mossy Meadow, and Old Olive. It's going to be lots of fun making cards and gifts with this paper because there are so many gorgeous fall colors with which to accent it!
I stamped each of the three leaves from the leaf stamp in the For All Things Stamp Set. This stamp – as well as the others in this set – have a watercolor-ish feel to them when they're stamped. Especially with fall leaves, it's great not to have to work too much to get the sense of some dry and some moist areas on the leaves that you get with an actual leave picked up from the ground. (Oooh, and my husband would say these leaves are a whole lot better than onces he used to have to rake every year for what seemed like forever!). I hand cut each of these leaves that I'd stamped with Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze and Mossy Meadow, and then I distressed the edges a bit so they'd look like curled-up fall leaves look – at least as I recollect them; we don't have much in the way of deciduous trees where I live in Hawaii.
The sentiment stamp is also from the For All Things Stamp set, and it seemed to go perfectly with the three leaves that I'd chosen to line up the left side of the card.
To complete the card, I tied a knot in a piece of Mossy Meadow 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon and adhered it to the bottom of the matching leaf – such a nice accent!
I hope you all have your Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog already – I know I had mine sent out to all my customers as soon as I could. The good news is that many of them are in states that will really enjoy the fall colors and designs as they all say, "Hello, Fall"! If you'd like to become one of my customers, just send me an e-mail and I'll be happy to send you a catalog!
Have fun with all the new stuff coming your way in just two more days!
You may not have been aware that I have not been able to do any of my favorite crafting with Stampin' Up! products for two whole weeks! Yikes – two weeks with no paper crafting is a LONG time (as least it seems so from my perspective). And here's the story:
I had planned to have my teenage grandson here visiting our home in Hawaii beginning two weeks ago today. Oh, that happened. But the day BEFORE he was to arrive, our part of Hawaii was hit, and hit badly, with some hurricane force winds. Trees were (and are still in some places) down across roads and driveways, many of them taking power and other utility lines with them. So my grandson arrived to visit a home and its surrounding neighborhoods with no electricity and no water. I'm not going to go into the gory details, but we did make it through a week in that state, learning lots of new ways to spend our time. And, while I had planned to do some crafting with him while he was here, we never did get into my craft room. The good news for my blog followers was that I did create some projects and blog posts to keep me at least virtually online while my grandson was here. I definitely did not intend them to be the ONLY blog posts that appeared!
I'm still pretty exhausted from catching up on everything and would really prefer not to be crafting until the house and garden are all back in order. BUT – there's a blog hop to which I committed this weekend, so off I went today digging through all my new stuff (yes, FedEx did deliver my Stampin' Up! products during the power outages!) to figure out a project. The theme for this blog hop, sponsored by the VC Rocks online commuity is "Rock Your Creativity with Stampin' Up! Colors."
Of course the first thing I did was refer to Stampin' Up!'s Color Coach. But even looking at all those wonderful color combinations, I wasn't inspired enough to come up with something fun and unique. Then I spotted – on some of the Color Coach cards – a circle with two colors in it. It turns out that Stampin' Up! has published some "Dynamic Duos" as part of the Color Coach. There isn't a duo for every color, so I focused on those colors that did have one. And I created three cards with identical images, but different color duos and different sentiments.
The main set of images for all three cards is the new stamp set, Kinda Eclectic. In my first card, above, I used every stamp from this stamp set. My cardstock is Pear Pizzazz and I stamped all the images using Old Olive Classic Ink, and added some Old Olive Candy Dots in the lower right corner.
As I was studying the green card, it occurred to me that some kind of a purple combination might make a very nice sympathy card. So I made a card using Wisteria Wonder cardstock and stamped the images using Elegant Eggplant. The sentiment is from the Love and Sympathy Stamp Set, and the Candy Dots are Elegant Eggplant.
Finally I decided that I wanted a color combo that was bright and cheerful – enough with the muted colors! This card is made with Crisp Cantaloupe Cardstock and Calypso Coral Classic Ink and Candy Dots. Definitely a nice color for the Birthday sentiment from the Sassy Salutations Stamp Set!
So that's my entry in the being Creative with Color blog hop! I hope you'll check out the rest of the entries from other members of the VC Rocks team. It's a small hop for the end of the summer, but I know you're going to like it all. Just click here to see them all!
Sometimes when I'm looking for inspiration I go through my magazines. But often I also flip through the Stampin' Up! Catalog to see what the Stampin' Up! Artists have come up with. This time my eyes landed on a project that included a technique I'd never tried before!
The original of this card is on page 141 of the 201-2015 Stampin' Up! Catalog. It wasn't exactly the kind of project I was looking for, but it stopped me in my tracks as I asked myself, "How did they do that?" While I can find out what products Stampin' Up!'s artists used for their project, I have to figure out HOW they did it on my own.
The first thing that I found out is that the original was made as a note-card sized project. I wanted my project to be a standard sized 5-1/2" h x 4-1/4" w card. It turns out that the Hexagon Hive Thinlit that I'd be using to make my card front would layer up nicely on a standard card.
The technique that was new to me was using a Stampin' Spritzer to spray color through a stencil, in this case the stencil being the Hexagon Hive Thinlit. So off I went to add some Lost Lagoon Reinker to some alcohol in one of my Spritzers. I ended up making mine a bit darker than the original, but I liked it anyway. I used 10 drops of reinker, and I would imagine that the original artist used maybe 5 drops.
To get the ink onto the Whisper White Cardstock that I was using, I laid the Thinlit face down (that is, with the cutting edges facing up) on the cardstock. Then I spritzed until all the little hexagon areas were filled with the ink. On my first try, I left the Thinlit on the paper for a short while thinking that I might get a better image if I let it dry a bit. That did not happen. In fact what happened was that the extra time gave the ink time to spread out a bit, and that definitely was not the look I wanted. On my second try, I picked up the Thinlit as soon as I was finished and I think it looks fine.
For the outlines on the lower right hexagons, the original had the hexagon from the Geometrical Stamp Set stamped in Basic Gray Classic Ink. I decided I wanted to use Lost Lagoon Classic Ink. Perhaps if I'd stamped the image off one time before I stamped on the card it might not have been as dark. But, again, I liked the look with the darker/thicker outline. I used a scrap of Lost Lagoon Cardstock to die cut just a few of the little hexagons using the Hexagon Thinlit, and applied them to the bottom right hexagons.
To finish this layer, I stamped the sentiment, also from the Geometrical Stamp Set, using VersaMark clear ink and Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder. Then I trimmed the colored layer to 5" h x 3-3/4" w.
For the decoration on the top, I used one of the gold stars from the Basic Hodgepodge Clip set to clip a 4" piece of Whisper White 1/4" Cotton Ribbon to the colored layer.
Finally, I matted the colored layer to a 5-1/4" x 4" piece of Lost Lagoon Cardstock, then adhered all of that to a Whisper White card base. I was pleased with the way this turned out, and even more pleased that I learned a new technique! As my sister-in-law and downline, Deb, would quickly tell you, I'm not much of a technique person. But I'll be visiting her next month, and I'll bet I'll learn some more new stuff then!
Meanwhile, if there are any other projects in the Stampin' Up! catalog that you'd like me to try to copy and give you some instructions, just send me an e-mail, and I'll get right on it!