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Taking a break from Thanksgiving today, I'm back to sharing one of my Christmas Cards – because it's time for the Stampin' Up! Only Challenge biweekly post. And the challenge this time is to show off some Holiday Cuteness. And aren't these little Christmas Mousies cute?!
When it comes to "Holiday Cuteness" and "Stampin' Up!" this year, there is one Stampin' Up! stamp set that reaches out and grabs me every time I think "cute." The set is called Merry Mice and it's in the Stampin' Up! 2016 Holiday Catalog. Not only that, until November 30th, Merry Mice is on sale! It's 25% off, so it's $12.75 for the clear mount set and the wood mount set is just $17.75. To buy either set, just click on a graphic at the end of this post!
Besides being just so cute, these little guys and gal give me something to color! And I do love coloring. As an aside, I've not ever bought one of those adult coloring books for myself because, if I want to color, I just go to my stamp shelf and find an outline stamp to stamp! What could be easier than that?
But back to the mice. The original has the little critters marching along to the right with their holiday decorations and goodies. But when I first saw the stamp, I wondered how I'd use them if I wanted them to march to the left. That really was a passing thought – for a while. Then it came time for this challenge. I really wanted to use the Merry Mice Stamp Set, but I imagined that others in the Design Team would be using it, too, even though there are other truly cute stamps to use this year. So what could I do that was different? Aha! That idea of making the mice march to the left grabbed me and wouldn't let go.
It's been a long time since I made a mirror image of a stamp, and usually that has been to form a reflection as in a body of water. In that case, I don't really have to be that careful to get all the stamping clean. But I tried it anyway, stamping the mice first on a piece of smooth plastic (one side of my Stamp-a-ma-jig plastic). Then I laid my Whisper White Cardstock over the stamped image and pressed down on it – lightly at first and then with a firmer smoothing motion. Those lines weren't as clean as the original stamp, but tracing along them with my Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker helped the lines out a bit. Not perfect, but it was going to do, especially when I started coloring the critters and their clothes in.
The final touches for this card, after mounting this image first on Garden Green then Real Red Cardstock, was to add some Enamel Dots. I added a star to the tip of each of the mice at the back of the line and then some small dots at either end of the piece of cardstock on which I'd stamped the sentiment.
This not only was definitely fun, but it also got the mirrored mouse brigade idea out of my head! Once is definitely enough, and now I'll go onto some other crazy idea! Meanwhile, check out the other Design Team Members' projects at suochallenges.com. At least one card has just one of these little mice on it. That's fun, too – and that might be my next try at using this stamp set – quickly becoming my favorite for this holiday season!
I mentioned, perhaps in passing, that there are several Stampin' Up! stamp sets on sale for 25% off just in November 2016. Today all I'm going to do is to post links to each of the sets that are on sale. I personally bought a few that I'd decided not to buy because I thought perhaps I wanted to spend my $$$ on other sets. But with the sale, I was hooked. I hope you are, too!!!
Here's the list. You can click on any of the pictures to get directly to my Stampin' Up! store, and then use any of the product numbers under any of the pictures to add products to your order! If you have any questions, be sure to let me know!
I cannot believe that one of my favorite kinds of thin dies not only is going to be in the next annual Stampin' Up! Catalog – but they're now available for us to buy – just for the month of November. By the time you read this, I will have put in my order for these dies and hope to get them by the end of the week. Woo-hoo!
Stitched Shapes Framelits are Squares, Circles and Ovals with STITCHING along the edges! For quite a while, I have owned some rectangular dies with stitching, made by another company. I use them a lot, but don't post them here as much as I use them because I really do like to promote Stampin' Up! products first and foremost. And yesterday I was so excited to think about getting these new Stampin' Up! Stitched Shapes Framelits, that I just had to get out the stitched framelits I already have and make a card showcasing how much a stitched edge adds to a card!
Just the little bit of stitching makes a lovely impression on a card. OK, maybe I went a bit overboard on this card – I mean, THREE layers with stitching?? But I just wanted to make sure you didn't miss the stitches.
The great thing about this framelit set is that you (and I) can buy it NOW! It will be available beginning today – November 1, 2016. Not only that, there are quite a few stamp sets that pair nicely with these framelits that Stampin' Up! is putting on sale for 25% off, but just during the month of November. Those sets are:
- Greetings from Santa
- Hang Your Stocking
- Christmas Pines
- Merry Mice
- Tin of Tags
- Suite Seasons
- Oh, What Fun!
- Baby Bear, and
- Blooms and Wishes.
Everything else on my card today is Stampin' Up!, though. The Basket of Wishes Stamp Set is one that I'll be using a lot for my Thanksgiving cards this year. With its 3 different baskets and 4 different sets of fruits, flowers and veggies to put in them, along with 4 great sentiments, this stamp set will get me through November just fine!
The twine is the Halloween Night Baker's Twine that didn't come in time for some of my Halloween cards (my fault – you'd think I'd know how to place Stampin' Up! orders by now!). With the Pumpkin Pie color in it, I think it will work going forward, too!
As soon as I get my hands on the Stampin' Up! stitched shape framelits, you'll be sure to see them here! Until then, you could really start some great fall and Thanksgiving cards with this stamp set!
Click to see all the papers included in this sale!
Have you seen my new newsletter sign up form over at the left? My 12 Weeks of Christmas Projects – 2016 weekly e-mails will start this coming Wednesday, and I'd love for you to be on the list!
Each e-mail is a paper-crafting project only – no sales pitches at all! The first 5 projects will be greeting cards, and the 5 cards I've reserved for this program will not appear here on my blog, in my monthly newsletter or even over on my Facebook page. This is your only chance to get the projects from me!
I'll be sending out my first e-mail at 1:00 pm Hawaii time on Wednesday, and all you have to do is to sign up by then to get all 12 projects from now until the week before Christmas.
Don't wait! Each e-mail will only go out to those who are on my mailing list when it's sent!
I spent quite a bit of time yesterday making greeting cards for World Card Making Day. If you missed it, that's OK, because, as far as I'm concerned, every day should be Card Making Day! So today will be another card making day for me!
Stampin' Up! is carrying it a bit further by having some card making specials for FIVE days! Here is a list of what's on sale. Most of these are 25% off. The best one for me was that, with a purchase of Fast Fuse Adhesive, I got a FREE REFILL! Bought several of those beauties. Did you know that the refills have more tape runner in them than the originals! And I use a lot of Fast Fuse in my projects.
Oh, and don't even get me started on the Designer Tin of Cards Kit! This is just the most fun! Even if you don't have the supplies or even the stamp set that was made to go with it, you can use your own stamps and inks and make GORGEOUS cards in no time at all. Best part is that fun tin in which to store them all! And on sale!!!!
Click on the pictures to go to my Stampin' Up! store to learn more about this sale and even to buy the products! You'll already be on my personal website so I'll get the demonstrator credit for the sales!
One of my favorite bundles in the Stampin' Up! 2016-2017 Catalog is the Jar of Love Stamp Set with the Everyday Jars Framelits Die Set. There's so much you can do with this set, but one of the stamps that caught my eye right at the start was the little gold fish. I thought, "How cute to have that swimming in a mason jar!" And then I saw the sentiment, "Best Fishes." OMG, that was just too over the top cute! So finally I have had to use those two cuties together.
I actually made this card a week ago to enter into the Freshly Made Sketches challenge. It's not a challenge I usually follow, but I ran across the sketch on Facebook, and I knew it would be perfect for the challenge. Unfortunately, I had three blog hops/challenges all in a row last week, with no place to park this little guy on my blog. So I posted him on Split Coast Stampers and he's just now making his appearance here.
One of the fun stamps in the jar stamp set is the stamp that you can use to look like there's water in the bottom of any of the jars. I liked this jar because it fit into the sketch better than either of the others (you can see them in the set below where I show the products I've used for this post). A trick to getting this photopolymer stamp to stamp evenly is to place your paper or cardstock on top of a surface that gives a bit, such as the Stampin' Pierce Mat.
I used the Sizzix Framelits Die set to cut out both the jar and the fish. Isn't she so darned cute! I wanted the sentiment under the Calypso Coral Thick Baker's Twine to look like it was coming directly from the fish. So I grabbed another stamp set – Seaside Shore – and used the little bubbles from that set to look like they were coming out of the little fish.
Here's another little trick I use when I have a small sentiment such as this one and just want to cut it into a little rectangle. If you happen to have the Bow Builder Punch, you might have noticed the little piece that's supposed to be the part you wrap around the punched bow. Well that little rectangle fits several little stamps in the Stampin' Up! collection! And it's easy to pull off the shelf and punch!
I liked the circle element in the sketch. Though usually that means just put something in its place, I liked the circle, so I pulled out the Layering Circles Framelits Dies, and made the perfect circle on which to mount the jar image.
The final element in this card is the Seaside Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. I just thought that was the perfect touch to give the whole card some background texture.
Once again – as usual this summer! – I had a fun time making this card. It's hard not to when Stampin' Up! provides so many wonderful products to keep me crafting! Here are the main products featured in the project today. I hope you'll click on some of the pictures to find out more about the products and even purchase them from my Stampin' Up! store! Have fun with them!
As I hope you've noticed, my Robin's Craft Room Blog has undergone a style makover, thanks to fellow Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Lyssa Zwolanek. I just love the fresh, new look, and I hope you do, too! It's hard for me to believe that I'd had my old look since 2008, when I first started my blog. So it was time for an update. There's still a bit of tweaking to go, but for now I can focus on my paper crafting and sharing it with you!
While I was going through some old blog files, I came across this project from 2013. I'd seen a sample on a display board at that year's Stampin' Up! Convention and made my own version of it when I got back home. It's hard to see in this small photo, but the highlight of this design was the paper piercing around all the squares, with fun intersections where the squares came together. But it was the layout that caught my eye this time. And, with the fab new collection of dies in the Layering Squares Framelits set, I just had to try it out again.
No paper piercing in this project, but I really do like the scallops that I can make with the Layering Squares Framelits! I think that this really adds to the overall look of the layout. But without the piercing, the layout needed something else to spice it up a bit.
The first thing I did was to check out how the new Enamel Shapes worked with the design, and for me it was definitely a "wow" moment. Those of you who've been following me for long know that generally I don't like to keep retired producs around. But I was unsure enough about how I'd like the new Enamel Shapes that were replacing a known favorite of mine, the Candy Dots. So I first tried the Candy Dots on this – photographed it and everything. Then I replaced them with the Enamel Shapes – the second largest of the circles – and I am permanently won over to the new product! Look at that shine – it even shows up in a photo!
OK, so now what do I do with the Candy Dots that I ordered when they were retiring? I happen to have one unopened set each of Brights, Regals, and Subtles. I will be more than happy to send a pack to someone who posts a comment on this blog post. I'll pick three comments at random and send you one of the Candy Dots packs. Comments on my blog posts stay open for 14 days, so you have two weeks to post! Oh, and if you don't get one of these packs, check back in August when I'll have some other Stampin' Up! items to give away (but they'll be current product).
Now here are links to products that I featured in this project! I hope you'll take the time to click on any one of them to learn more about that product and even purchase it on my personal Stampin' Up! Store!
In my last post, I showed off some of the shapes from the new Jar of Love Stamp Set. But equally important, I also showed a couple of die-cut shapes that I made using the Everyday Jars Framelits set. Today, I'm going to feature just the framelits set – but it's still a CASE from the 2016-2017 Stampin' Up! Catalog.
You may even remember the paper that I cut out with one of the Jar Framelits as the one I used earlier in the week – the By the Shore Designer Series Paper set. The reason that I stumbled onto this design was that a good friend suffered a sudden loss of her husband last week as I was in the middle of my new catalog crafting. I went right for my Wetland Stamp Set as I find that the "Thinking of You" stamp from this set makes a nice statement for a sympathy card. I could not believe that I opened my stamp set, and that stamp was missing! It's still missing! So I started through my catalog looking for ideas for something else that I could use. As I came to page 133, which features the Wetlands Stamp Set, I saw the card that I'm CASEing today. But when all my searching was over, the only stamp that I had that would fit with this little jar was the sympathy stamp from Teeny Tiny Wishes. So that was where I started.
I try to keep sympathy cards simple, so I stuck with Night of Navy and Calypso Coral, which is the featured color in this paper. I stamped the seagrass once with full Calypso Coral Ink, and then once again with the inked-up stamp stamped off once on scratch paper. I wanted a bit of color between the Whisper White stamped layer and the Night of Navy Cardstock layer. Rather than use the same paper, I used one of the sheets from the Subtles Designer Series Paper Stack, cutting a notch at the top and bottom by hand.
There is one feature of this card that is made with a product from another company. I made the stitched edge of the Whisper White cardstock with a framelit by Lawn Fawn. I really have been crossing my fingers and toes that Stampin' Up! would offer something similar to this, but so far not. Maybe in the future?
Here are the main Stampin' Up! products that I used for this project. If you're interested in finding out more about any of them – or even buying any of them! – be sure to click on the photo below which will take you directly to my very own Stampin' Up! store!
I cannot believe that the last time I actually constructed a blog post here was before the current Stampin' Up! catalog was released! Oh, my, how much has changed! The good news for my few challenge entry posts was that I had been able to buy some products ahead of time so that I wasn't completely out of touch during my May and June travels. But now I'm back and have tons of new stuff to play with!
As most of you know, the best way to get lots of projects done in a short period of time is to CASE (Copy And Share with Everyone) projects that others have done. But, since I've been so out of touch, I really haven't had much of a chance to see a lot of new projects. So my go-to source for CASEing is, of course, the new Stampin' Up! Catalog! So my blog posts for the next couple of weeks will be CASEs from the Catty!
For my first project, I definitely had to go for a birthday card as I needed a card for today. That's cutting it pretty close, huh?
While CASEing in many cases resutls in a project that looks a like like the original, this particular card is based on the cake slice on page 14 of the annual catalog. The stamp set that's featured is the new Birthday Banners Stamp Set, along with the coordinating Bunch of Banners Framelits. I paid attention to the side note on page 14, "Want a taller candle? Just stamp multiple times." So that's what I did! My candles are made up of 3 stamped images of the small striped candle in the stamp set. It's going to take some practice to get the candle to look like one long candle. But I'll get there eventually now that I have that idea in my head!
I also paid attention to another Stampin' Up! hint (can't remember when or where) that Photopolymer Stamps are just made to be bent. So bend the Happy Birthday stamp I did! I placed the stamp on one of my acrylic blocks and bent it just a bit to see if it would work. I then took the framelit and placed it over the bent stamp and adjusted the angle of the stamp just a bit. Finally I stamped the greeting, then the banner stamp (in Calypso Coral and Smoky Slate, respectively) and cut it with the framelit. Nice!
The background paper is one of the designs from the A Little Foxy Designer Series Paper Stack. The DSP colors are Calypso Coral, Smoky Slate and Pool Party. I just used the first two colors for the card's featured elements.
One thing that hasn't changed as I've been out of commission for so long is that I love to tie my projects together with some ribbon or twine. This time, I used the Calypso Coral and Whisper White Thick Baker's Twine together to wrap the layers and tie a bow. I got the idea to use two of the colors from the project on page 24 of the catalog.
So a fun, candle-lit Happy Birthday to our friend, Charlie! And here's hoping that you have many, many more!