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

 


Posted on : Oct 11 2017
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The Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog is Here!

Aloha, all!

     This is almost my favorite time of the Stampin' Up! year – when the Holiday Catalog goes lives and I get to start planning for cards and gifts for the Fall and Winter Holidays! If I bought whatever I personally wanted from this catalog, my wallet would be in serious trouble. But, as I haven't the space for all that wonderful stuff and since I don't have that much time to be blogging and sharing what I do, I've managed to keep myself in check!

     For today, this is my favorite product suite in the 2017 Holiday Catalog. It's also the FIRST product suite in the book, and I've already got my hot little hands on all of it! But I don't know where to start.

     OK, I'll start with the Christmas Quilt Bundle. The bundle consists of the Christmas Quilt Stamp Set and the Quilt Builder Framelits Dies. For this project, I used only the dies to create that fun quilt block. The best part of this project is that you can use any quilting color combo you'd like, so this does NOT have to be a Christmas project! And it's so easy to cut and reassemble all those little pieces when you first adhere the cardstock or paper you're going to use to a piece of Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets. I'm glad I have a good sized stash of those sheets as I'm going to be making a lot of my personal Christmas Cards with this suite of products!

     There are two other features of this suite that I just have to point out. First is the "stitching" on the quilt square. That's made with a die from the Framelits set that just makes those stitching lines and doesn't cut through anything. Fabulous feature! The second is the stitched quilting on the background layer made which is a piece of Quilted Christmas 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper. The quilting stitches are made with new Quilt Top Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. Is that fun or what?!

     Finally, the ribbon – it's the brand new Quilted Christmas 1/4" Ribbon. Attached to it is a simple "Merry Christmas" greeting from the oldie-but-goodie Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set.

     Here's a Stampin' Up! Video about this fun new product suite. I hope you enjoy learning more about this and will be as quick to order some of the new products as I've been!

     Click on any of these pictures to go to my own personal Stampin' Up! store to learn even more about the products!


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Posted on : Sep 01 2017
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Stampin’ Up! Only Challenges – A Blast From the Past!

Aloha, all!

     As the current challenge at the SUO Challenge Blog is a celebration of its 7th Anniversary, we've chosen the theme, "A Blast From The Past," to celebrate! What I did for my Design Team Entry in this challenge is to recreate the very first project that I made as a member of the Design Team back in 2011.

     And here's the project that I made for that first challenge:

     I definitely remember when I created this card – and a couple of similar cards – back in 2011. At that time we had in our Stampin' Up! Catalog some of the old original Sizzix Circle Dies. These are thick dies that could cut through lots of layers of paper, cardstock, fabric and other materials. I loved them! I used the 3-1/2" and 3" circle dies for the larger circel. Then I had a 2-1/2" Circle Punch that I used for the mat in the smaller group. And finally I had to use the Circle Scissors Punch to make the stamped circle. My goodness – all those products!

     But in today's project, all I had to do was get out my Layering Circles Framelits to make ALL the circles! After that, the process for making the card was probably about the same as I made the 2011 card. I texturized the top background layer, this time with the Layered Leaves 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. I stamped a sentiment, this time with the Thank You from the Rose Wonder Stamp Set, and added some Pear Pizzazz Enamel Shapes, though not as many as the Rhinestones in the 2011 card. But that was a wedding card, and today's card is a simple Thank You card.

     The color that I chose to accent this card was Peekaboo Peach, which is one of the colors in the Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper sheet that I used for the front layer in the larger circle set. Peekaboo Peach is one that you'll see me use a lot this fall, including the Peekaboo Peach 5/8" Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon, which is so much fun to tie into a bow!

     It really was fun going back to see what I was doing 6 years ago, and I'm sure that the other members of the SUO Challenges Design Team had fun with their projects. Be sure to visit the SUO Challenge Blog and see what they made with this theme – and maybe you'll be inspired to create your own "Blast from the Past" project and enter it in the challenge. There's blog candy this time at the Challenge Blog!

     Here are the products that I used in the project with the current products. Of course the Whisper White Cardstock is not only still around, it's still got the same product number that it's had for years and years!

 


Posted on : Aug 28 2017
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Happy 17th Birthday, Quin!

Aloha, all!

     This morning on Facebook I shared a copy of the card I sent to our grandson, Quin, on the occasion of his becoming a teenager 4 years ago. Today is Quin's 17th Birthday, and he's about to enter his senior year in High School. What a difference 4 years makes! When he was 13, I wanted him to have a cute card. Today, I couldn't imagine sending a cute card to this young man. But he certainly deserved a card made just for him with lots of love from Grandma Robin.

     I looked around for just the right stamp set to convey a Birthday Greeting, and one that was my own design from my heart. So of course, there are hearts on it! And Quin is a star in our world, so there are stars on this card also! The cupcake frosting is not from any birthday-themed stamp set, but from the Coffee Café Stamp Set. The base of the cupcake is one of the dies in the Coffee Cup Framelits set. That little candle, though, is definitely from a Birthday-themed set, Birthday Banners Stamp Set. That set is also where I found the Banner and Happy Birthday stamps. There's yet one more stamp set featured on this card, and it's a sister set to the Coffee Café set, the Merry Café Stamp Set that will be in the Stampin' Up! 2017 Holiday Catalog, to be released at the end of this week. From that set I got all the sprinkles on the cupcake frosting.

     There are a few other framelits that I've used for this card, including the Stitched Shapes Framelits and Layering Ovals Framelits Sets for the central image. The stitched rectangle that I used for the top layer of the card is not a Stampin' Up! product. It's one of my favorite die sets, though, and I can only hope that Stampin' Up! can come up with something like this for its catalog before too long!

     A very Happy Birthday to you, Quin! And have a great Senior Year in High School!   

 


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Posted on : Aug 27 2017
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A Musical Note

Aloha, all!

     Tomomorrow I'm leaving my beautiful Island of Hawaii to visit equally rural Northern Minnesota for a visit with family and friends. Usually this summer trip is the only time we see many of our friends each year. But this year we saw many of them at a wedding in April in Virginia. So we've really been getting around this year!

     But there are still a few friends we'll miss, so a note to them will be in order. And i have a perfect stamp to use to decorate a card for a note!

     The stamp is a one-stamp 'set' called Sheet Music. It's a large background stamp and could fill an entire card front. I chose just to use part of it, though I stamped the whole image. I'll use the other part of it for another card. While I certainly could have used any color I wanted, I chose a black-and-white theme because I was participating in a swap that required a black-and-white theme. I think this works well!

     I wasn't sure what I was going to do with the Basic Black Shimmer Ribbon when I bought it – I'm a sucker for Ribbon, so I had to have it! – but it works beautifully for a card like this!

     The sentiment is from an older – but still current – set called Flourishing Phrases. Perfect for this, don't you think?!

     This whole blog post has been an experiment for me, so it's a bit shorter than usual. The experiment is that I wrote this whole post using my Mini iPad. I usually try to write posts in advance of a long trip so I can continue to share with you what I've been doing. This time I wanted to try sharing some of my vacation exploits with you as well as a card or two or three. Darned if it's not working beautifully! 

     Thanks for reading this far! I'll have some airport time tomorrow, but I'm not sure if it will be enough for a post. I'll have to see how things go, but I'll be sure to stay in touch!

 


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Posted on : Jul 14 2017
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Love My New Stuff from Stampin’ Up!

Aloha, all!

     I have been SOOO busy this week, and not in my wonderful Craft Room. I volunteer for a local arts organization and it was the time of the year to be auditing our year-end financials. Guess who gets to do the auditing? Stopping to play with my new Stampin' Up! "stuff" was not an option. Not only that, my box of goodies had arrived late Monday afternoon, and I didn't get to open it until Friday morning! I may have to rethink this auditing stuff next year. Actually, we made a few procedural changes, so I don't think next year will be nearly the chore as it was this year.

     But about that box of new Stampin' Up! products –

     This was a BIG box! And what you're looking at here is just the tip of the iceberg that pretty much stopped me in my tracks. I couldn't believe I ordered that much stuff!!! Well, actually, I could believe it because I wanted each and every item in that box. But at the moment I was faced with the daunting task of inventorying it and putting it away. And, yes, as of now, it is all put away. Some things have been pulled back out, and I've made a card with two of the products you can see here, along with some new Designer Series Paper, which is lying comfortabled on the bottom of this box, out of the fray.

     Tomorrow I'll share my very first project made from my new goodies. I hope to be able to get to all my new stamp sets and ribbons and other stuff before the month is out.

     So stop back on Sunday morning to see what I made first!

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Posted on : Jun 09 2017
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Introduction to New Stampin’ Up! Products – Part 3: A New 3D Dynamic Impressions Folder!

Aloha, all!

     For my Stampin' Up! Only Challenge project yesterday, I chose a new Stamp Set, Designer Series Paper set, and fun ribbon for a "Thinking of You" greeting card. Do you know what would have made that an even better card? The newest 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder – Layered Leaves! The reason that I didn't have that is because I just ordered it last Thursday when the new Stampin' Up! Catalog went live! I was able to order the other products BEFORE the Catalog went live (we demonstrators do get some privileges!). But I could not order the embossing folder.

     Here is a video that Stampin' Up! has published as we start the new catalog year, and I'm sure you're going to see just why I can hardly wait to get my hands on this! The video also has some great tips for using the 3D Embossing Folders, too! As of the newest catalog, there are now 5 of these folders in the Stampin' Up! collection.

     I am going to be SOOOO confused trying to figure out which of my new Stampin' Up! toys I'm going to use first when my box arrives! I can see that things are going to be even a bit crazier than usualy around my Craft Room for the next few weeks!

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Posted on : Jun 07 2017
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Introduction to New Stampin’ Up! Products – Part 2: The Love Today Planner Kit!

Aloha, all!

     I just love it when Stampin' Up! comes out with a product that's entirely new to them. In the newest catalog, Stampin' Up! is offering a Planner Kit!. I have so been wanting a kit, but I've held myself to keeping a notebook on the table between my computer desk and my crafting work table. Now that I've been doing this for almost 2 years, I think it's safe to say that my keeping up with my life via a planner is going to continue to be a part of my daily life. Yes, I keep a calendar on my iPhone and iPad (iCloud?). But all those notes that I take throughout the day go onto the notebook page.

     I do have to confess that I've occasionally bought sticker sets and little decorative sticky note pads from my local crafting store. But I've never gone all out and bought a complete system. I think this summer will be the time. I was totally convinced when I watched this video from Stampin' Up!

 

     As I belong to several groups that mark their "year" beginning with September each year, I'm going to be starting my Love Today Planner Kit this coming September. I'll be sure to show you what I've got going once I get started. Meanwhile, for many of you, right now might be the best time to start your new planner! If so, just go to my personal Stampin' Up! Online Store to order it for yourself – or a friend! The product number is 144257.

 


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Posted on : Jun 04 2017
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Introduction to New Stampin’ Up! Products – Part 1: The Coffee Cafe Bundle!

Aloha, all!

     While I wait for my new Stampin' Up! products to arrive on my doorstep (well, my lanai here in Hawaii) I thought I'd share some of Stampin' Up!'s introductory videos of some of my favorite new products.

     One of the first products on my list of "must haves" is the new Coffee Cafe Bundle, as well as the paper that goes with it. I just love coffee, and a lot of my friends and relatives do, too. In fact, when we travel to visit family and friends on the U. S. mainland, we always travel with several bags of Kona Coffee to give as housewarming gifts. It's the best!

     Here's the video, and the best way to go to order these products is to check out my very own Stampin' Up! Online Store, search for the Coffee Cafe Bundle number (145331). You save 10% on the price of both the Coffee Cafe Stamp Set and the Coffee Cups Framelits Set when you buy the bundle. The item number for the Coffee Break Designer Series Paper set is 144155.

 

     This will surely be one of the first sets I show off when my box of new goodies arrives!

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Posted on : Jun 02 2017
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The New Stampin’ Up! Catalog is Here!

Aloha, all!

     As this blog post is being published, I am in the full swing of placing my first full order from the newest Stampin' Up! Catalog – the 2017-2018 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog. I've been waiting for this day since I first saw the catalog online a month and a half ago. It was bad enough when we demonstrators got to see it a month before it went live. But with the new schedule, we're being teased evern earlier!

     Now you, too, can see the catalog today by clicking here. And, while I'm sure you've seen many samples of products that we were allowed to pre-order before today, I thought I'd take the time today to show you a project that I CASEd from the new catalog. Check out page 146 to see the original.

     For my version of this project, I used both sides of two of the sheets of paper in the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper set. The White and Navy Blue Daisy pattern is on one side of a sheet and the Old Olive leaf print is on the other. The Floral Print is on the other side of the Calypso Coral graphic design. The ribbon is the Daffodil Delight 1/4" Double Stitched Ribbon. There are two other colors of this ribbon, and I've ordered them both. Actually I've ordered a BUNCH of ribbon, though not all that is new in the catalog. Suffice it to say that I have enough to keep me for a while.

     The "Thank You" sentiment is from the Daisy Delight Stamp Set, which also includes the line of daisies that I stamped along the bottom of the Calypso Coral paper strip. The actual stamp has 3 little daisies, but they do stamp nicely in a row.

     Oh, and about this card – I've already sent it out to a dear friend who had us over for dinner at her gorgeous ocean front home just a couple of weeks ago. She's always so appreciative of cards that I make, and I love making them for her!

     Even though I'm ordering from the new catalog on the first day I can, I still won't get my order until late next week – maybe at last as early the following week. Do you know how many Stampin' Up! Demonstrators and Customers are at their computers or tablets at this very moment placing a first-day order??? Absolutely a lot. I guess if I wanted to pay a bit extra for special handling, I could. But I think I want to use that money to buy new products! I do have a class scheduled this month, but it's not until the 19th. So there's no reason to speed things up because of that. Or maybe there is. Hmmmm.

     As I write this, I don't have access to the online pictures or links related to products I'm featuring in this project. But I'll get on here and update this post later today. If you're interested in anything in the new catalog, you can just go directly to my Stampin' Up! Online store!

     Meanwhile, you might want to know the one thing that I'm ordering from this catalog that I could not possibly do without. It's the Climbing Orchid Bundle. Oh, I can hardly wait to color up some of those orchids to mimic those real orchids we have growing in our garden! I'll be posting one of those as soon as I get everything put away next week! And that bundle will be featured in my class later this month, too.

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Posted on : Jun 01 2017
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