Spring is a New Beginning!

Aloha, all!


Every Spring, I remember one of my favorite Springs, when I was a freshman in a then women’s college in the eastern United States. Each class was assigned one of four colors – ours was Gold – and each quarter one class was in charge of dinner and entertainment on a festival day. We were assigned to the Spring festival, and the day’s theme was, “Spring is a New Beginning and Golden is its Color.” It’s such fun to have a memory such as this, and even more fun when the Stampin’ Up! Only Challenge Blog (suochallenges.com) has Spring is About to Spring as its theme.

I love the Easter Season, and I truly miss all the daffodils I would see in my gardens when I lived on the U.S.A. mainland. Here in Hawaii, daffodils and other spring bulb plants just don’t have the chilly weather that they need to grow well in most of the state. You can imagine that I was so very happy to see Stampin’ Up!’s You’re Inspiring Stamp Set in the 2018 Occasions Catalog. In my last blog post, I featured one of the daffodil stamps in the set. Today I’m featuring the other.


The “other” stamp is one that’s only just a bit more than 2-1/2″ wide. So, when I decided that my design called for a strip across a 4″ wide layer on my card, out came my Stamparatus. Now I know that most of you probably don’t yet have one of these fun stamp positioning tools. But it won’t be long and everyone will be able to order one – from the Stampin’ Up! 2018-2019 Annual Catalog, which will be released June 1st. With the Stamparatus, I first positioned the rubber stamp so that the bottom was on on a line on the grid pattern on the bottom of the tool. Then I stamped the 2-1/2″ row of daffodils once, slid the Whisper White Cardstock over to the right, staying at the same line, until the stamp on the Stamparatus’ lid was just to the left of the first stamped image. Finally I used the stamp mounted on the Stamparatus lid to stamp again. (I have got to make a video, huh?!)


Once I was finished stamping the images, I colored in the flowers using Daffodil Delight, Old Olive and Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Blends. These are so easy to work with! Because these images are small, I used the smaller of the two tips on the Blends. I managed to go outside the lines a lot as I’m still dealing with not having great prescription glasses after my recent cataract surgery. I can hardly wait until my eyesight settles down and I can get new glasses!  The good news is that I don’t really notice the wonky coloring – that’s what watercoloring is supposed to look like (well, maybe not dry brush painting; but that’s not what one does with Alcohol Markers).


I trimmed the top and bottom edges of the Whisper White strip using Old Olive Cardstock punched with the Decorative Ribbon Border Punch. With this punch, you just punch out a strip of cardstock that you can then adhere to the back of the main layer – you don’t “waste” a large piece of the cardstock that’s hidden behind the image. I mounted that on a piece of Daffodil Delight Cardstock, embossed with the Basket Weave Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, that’s part of a bundle in the Stampin’ Up! Sale-a-Bration second flyer. The bundle is one you can get for FREE with a $100 purchase of other Stampin’ Up! products, through March 31st. But the Embossing Folder (only) will be available in the upcoming 2018-2019 Annual Catalog. It’s a keeper for sure!


The ribbon that I used for this project is NOT Old Olive Ribbon. I really do like the way that the Pear Pizzazz 3/8″ Shimmer Ribbon coordinates with Old Olive Cardstock. I think that it must be the reflection of light on the shimmer ribbon that changes its tone a bit.


I hope you will consider making your own project welcoming Spring this month – and share it over on the SUO Challenges Blog! If you’ve read this far, I should probably share with you that I will be stepping down from the SUO Challenge Blog at the end of the month after 5 years of coordinating the work of a fabulous group of Design Team members. It’s time for a fresh look at the challenge, and time for me to go on to participating in other stamping related projects. I’m looking forward to it!


Happy Stamping!



Posted on : Mar 12 2018
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Magical Monochromatic Card!

Aloha, all!


I’ve been busy the past week or so getting ready for my first class featuring the 2018 Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog and the accompanying 2018 Sale-a-Bration Catalog. But I had to stop what I was doing yesterday and make sure I made a card for the new Stampin’ Up! Only Challenge post. As you might have been able to tell from the title of this post, the card is supposed to be a monochromatic card.

Speaking of the new catalogs, this card features one of my favorite stamp sets from the Occasions CatalogMagical Day. At first I thought my favorite image from the set was the Mermaid. But when I started to work on this card – a birthday card for my oldest granddaughter, by the way – I realized that the Unicorn really made me smile. Yes, she lives near an ocean (the Atlantic) as do I (the Pacific). But it doesn’t matter where you are when you start playing with Unicorns!


The color I chose for this card (remember, just one) was blue. But, as you can see, it’s not just one blue. My featured color is Night of Navy, both ink and cardstock. To make a bit of a shadow on the Unicorn, I brushed on a little bit of Soft Sky Stampin’ Write Marker. Then I added the final piece of blue, a strip of paper from the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper set that featured a Night of Navy design.


I did feel that I needed a bit of bling – I think you always need bling when you’re thinking, “magic.” The Myths and Magic Suite of products in the Occasions Catalog does feature some Glimmer Paper. But none of the three colors in that set said much to me when I tried them out here. So off I went to my Annual Catalog stash, and pulled out the Silver Glimmer Paper. Perfect with this card, don’t you think?


This stamp set has a coordinating Framelits Die Set, Magical Mates Framelits Dies. But the curved banner for the sentiment doesn’t fit the whole sentiment. Only the word Magical fits in the framelit. So I cut Magical out, and then made another cut at the top of the beginning of the sentiment to create another banner.


Love this card – and I love all the other cards over at SUOChallenges.com. The challenge is open to everyone who’d like to enter a monochromatic project (it doesn’t have to be a card). The only strict requirement is that the project really does have to be “Stampin’ Up! Only.” I hope you’ll join us!

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Posted on : Jan 15 2018
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Getting Back to Normal!

Aloha, all!


I have had my broken foot out of a boot for over a week, and I am moving around so much better than I have been for the past 3-1/2 months. Yay!


It’s also just about the New Year, with the Christmas Holiday season about over and all my Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog stamps and papers packed away. That means that my Stampin’ Up! craft work is also now back to “normal.” Normal means that there birthdays coming up and I don’t have to put my stamps aside to get to something that’s not holiday-themed. I can just get regular stuff out!


Unfortunately, it’s also the time of the year when I have friends who are getting the flu and bronchitis and even worse (broken legs, heart attacks, yikes!). So it’s not just birthday cards that can get made without interruption, it’s also Get Well cards.


I needed this card to be something of a masculine card as it is for the husband of a friend who recently had a heart attack. Serious stuff, but he’s doing all right and I really wanted him to have a card. When I think about masculine cards, I move away from flowers and go to Dragonflies. They’re so graceful when they’re moving around our garden, and seem to be free to do whatever they want. So that’s pretty much what I want to wish someone with a Get Well card.


With the dragonfly this time, I also wanted something with a musical theme as the gentleman in questions is one of our favorite local musicians. I briefly dragged out my Holiday Catalog paper than had musical notes on it, but it just wasn’t the right kind of musical theme. Then I remembered that I owned the Sheet Music background stamp. Once I got that all figured out, I just needed some sentiments for both the inside and outside of the card. “Get Well Wishes” from the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set worked for the card front, and the “Get Well Soon….” stamp from the Thoughts and Prayers Stamp Set was perfect for the inside.


When it came down to layers, I decided to sponge the edge of the stamped sheet music using Soft Suede Ink, and carried that color through to the mat for both the main layer and the dragonfly as well as to the inked sentiments. For an embellishment, I chose the 3/8″ Basic Black Shimmer Ribbon.  It nicely matches the color of the Basic Black Ink that I used for the Sheet Music stamp. Oh, and rather than just have a plain piece of Soft Suede Cardstock behind the dragonfly, I texturized it using the Pinewood Planks Embossing Folder. I think that made for a nice touch!


I stamped the dragonfly from the Dragonfly Dreams Stamp Set using my new Stampin’ Up! Stamparatus tool. What a time saver this tool is! I only had to stamp this set of 3 images once, and they aligned perfectly. I was perhaps a bit too impatient with the Detailed Dragonflies Thinlits, as I could have been a bit closer with the die-cutting. But I like the way that the Vanilla color on the edge of the dragonfly die-cut coordinates with the Vanilla background of the stamped music.


Here is information for all of the products that I used for this card, EXCEPT FOR THE STAMPARATUS! It will be in the next Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog, beginning in June 2018. BUT it’s also available for you to reserve it early right now if you’d like. The reservation period goes through December 30, 2017. Just click on the link above to the right and click on the button below “Reserve Yours Now!”

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Posted on : Dec 28 2017
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FREE SHIPPING Day – Monday, 12/11/17!

Aloha, all!

Just a quick post to remind you that today is the day for Stampin’ Up!’s FREE SHIPPING offer! Until midnight tonight (Mountain Time) all Stampin’ Up! orders. I even got free shipping for my order of Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogs. Want one? Just let me know! This FREE SHIPPING offer is for anything in the Stampin’ Up! store, including Year End Sale and Clearance Rack items!


  • Eastern Time Zone:  1:59 am Tuesday
  • Central Time Zone: 12:59 am Tuesday
  • Mountain Time Zone: 11:59 pm Monday
  • Pacific Time Zone: 10:59 pm Monday
  • Alaska Time Zone: 9:59 pm Monday
  • Hawaii Time Zone: 8:59 pm Monday


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Posted on : Dec 11 2017
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Some Holiday Catalog Products Will Carry Over!

Aloha, all!

     The 5 months beginning in January every year are always interesting when I'm trying to figure out what I can use to show off here on my blog as well as in my Newsletter and Facebook. Why? Because Stampin' Up! has decided (yay!) to keep some of the fun products from its Holiday Catalog – but that list gets shoved aside by the upcoming Occasions and Sale-a-Bration Catalogs, as well as the ongoing 2017-2018 Annual Catalog. But this year I have a plan!

     The icon over at the top of the right column is going to stay right where it is. That way both you and I will remember that there are products out there in Stampin' Up! land that aren't in any current catalog BUT are available for purchase.

     Let me share one fun non-autumn card I made with the decidedly Fall-themed, Painted Harvest Stamp Set.

     If you bump around Pinterest at all, you'll know that this is not my original design. Dozens of people have already figured out that the Sunflower stamps in the Painted Harvest Stamp Set make a great Christmas Wreath. Using those little dots that are supposed to help make up the center of the Sunflower as Berries in the wreath was the best idea. I'm happily CASEing this from all those before me for my Stamp-a-Stack Christmas Card class next week. This card goes SOOOO fast!

     Now I can harly wait to see what all those creative people out there think of to do with this set for Spring holidays and celebrations. 

     Besides that stamp set, here are my favorites that are going to continue to be available into the New Year. This is not everything on the list – just click on the icon up at the top of the right column to see the full list. These are just my favorites:

  • Half Full Stamp Set
  • Everyday Label Punch
  • Cat Punch
  • 1/8" Solid Red Ribbon (think Valentine's Day Cards and gifts!)
  • Clear Acetate Boxes (for card gifts all year)

     Now back to Christmas Cards! I'll have a couple of those next week, including a new project that's a modification of a popular fun fold!

     See you next week!






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Posted on : Dec 02 2017
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Stampin’ Up! 2017 Year End Sales Event!

The Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog is one month away from being history. Even though many Holiday Catalog products will remain in the Stampin' Up! catalog, most will retire at the beginning of January to make way for more fabulous products to take us into the New Year of 2018.  


I've prepared two lists for you to use to check out what's going to be retiring as well a what's on sale at a discount. But before I give you links to those (and you're certainly welcome to go to the end of this post and click on them now if you'd like), here are some things you might want to know about this sale and these lists:

  1. While many of the retired products are stamps, Stampin' Up! will continue to make those stamps during the sale up until December 21, 2017. So if you'd like to think about whether you'd like to buy some retiring stamps for a while, you absolutely do have a while. But just a LITTLE while!
  2. Accessories (anything not a stamp) are only "while supplies last. So popular items may go fast! Don't spend too much time thinking about them. Do I know which items are popular? Nope. Wish I did. But if it's something that you think you'd like, many others may be thinking the same thing, too.
  3. You'll see some items listed and you'll wonder why THAT is going to be retired. I thought that too until I saw the asterisks in the list. Three asterisks means that the BUNDLE is retiring, but the products will remain in the next catalog. Why is that important to know? If you think you might like this set for the next holiday season, you can buy it now at a 10% bundle discount. In the next annual catalog, that discount is going away. I skipped a bundle or two last year and regretted it this year when I realized I could have bought it cheaper earlier!
  4. There are two Annual Catalog products on the sale list. These are not retiring, but are on sale as there is just a bit more in stock at this point than Stampin' Up! would like. So you get them at a discount for as long as Stampin' Up! needs them to be on sale. No guarantees as to how long they'll be on sale.


I made these lists from the lists that Stampin' Up! published for demonstrators to use. I added some comments (like reminding you that just the BUNDLE is retiring by using words with the asterisks). But the lists could become outdated fast. The best way to find out what's still available is to click on the icon at the top of the column over to the right. That will take you to my Stampin' Up! store. If it's still shown in the store, it's still available. If now, oh well!


The complete list in order by catalog page number.


The list of items on sale at a discount.



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Posted on : Dec 01 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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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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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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