New Stampin’ Up! Catalogs Are Here!

Aloha, all!

     I just finished packing up a bunch of new 2017-2018 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogs for mailing to my customers. Yay for me getting them done a couple of weeks before they "go live"! I've included several helpful inserts with each catalog, of course. But I also couldn't resist making a note card to go with each one!

     I got quite a way into my envelope stuffing before I realized that I'd not taken a photo of the little 3" x 3" cards – but I think this grouping makes a nice picture, don't you? What's especially nice about these cards is that I used 3 brand new products in putting them together: There's the super-lovely Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper, the Daffodil Delight 1/4" Double-Stitched Ribbon, and a bit of the new Tranquil Tide Ink that I used to stamp the sentiment from the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set.

     The Delightful Daisy paper set has some gorgeous designs, but this side of this sheet is almost my favorite. I promise to get out my absolute favorite sheet to show off before too long. The Double-Stitched Ribbon will come in 3 colors: Blushing Bride and Cherry Cobbler, besides the Daffodil Delight. As you can see from the photo, the stitching on one side is a cross-stitched 'X' and the other side has a double running stitch. This is what two different sides of my cross-stitching looks like when I make a row of 'X's, and it makes both sides fun to work with. It's also fun to tie a bow. Now, I could have sworn I tied every bow the same way as I was doing it off the spool. But, as you can see, the bows turned out differently. It doesn't matter, though, because the patterns are so much fun.

     Besides the new products, I turned to my favorite sentiment stamp set, Teeny Tiny Wishes, for the sentiment and the Modern Label Punch to punch it out of the Whisper White Cardstock on which it was stamped.

     So – I've used up my supply of catalogs for the moment. But I would be happy to order some more and get one out to you if you're not one of my current customers. All you have to do is to change that non-customer status and place an order of $50 or more before the end of June, and I'll send a catalog off to you FREE! This means you can order now from the 2016-2017 Stampin' Up! Catalog (click on the "Current Stampin' Up! Catalogs" picture over on the right) or from the upcoming 2017-2018 Stampin' Up! Catalog when it is published June 1st. I'll have a link to an online copy of the catalog in the same spot on the right when it's published!

     For those of you who are already my customers, you should get your catalog in your mail box next week. If you don't, be sure to let me know!

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Posted on : May 12 2017
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Countdown to Retirement – For Stampin’ Up! Products, That Is!

Aloha, all!

     I'm back from a month-long vacation and am SOOO ready to be back to my paper crafting activities. In fact, I started over the weekend, and I have at least a week's worth of projects featuring retiring Stampin' Up! products ready for you. Before I share my first project, though, here's some up-to-date information about the list of retiring products.

  • Over to the right is an icon that links to a list of Retiring Products (English language only), with those that have already sold out shown in lined-out red print. This list is current as of the date shown below the icon. But things change fast this last month of the Stampin' Up! year – so read on!
  • Stampin' Up! updates its list in real time, though, so the real clue to what's still available is in the store on my Stampin' Up! Website. Click the icon for The Sun Is Setting to go directly to my Stampin' Up! store to see what's still around – and to order, of course.

     It's hard for me to say which of the retiring stamp sets and other products are my favorites or are products that I'm really going to miss. Of course, if I'm really, really, really going to miss them for my own needs, then they may find their way into my personal stash. But I want to be able to demonstrate current products most of the time, so I'll not be using most of these in my blog posts after May 31st.

     So let's get started with a week or two of new products and reprises of some of my favorites, such as the Affectionately Yours Specialty DSP.

     I especially like the Copper Accents in this sheet, which is one of 7 different sheets in the set, two of which have the Copper Accents. The Copper Foil that I used at mats for both layers in this card will continue into the upcoming 2017-2018 Annual Catalog. But the paper won't. So buy it while you can!

     Two of the colors that are featured both in the Designer Series Paper and in the colors that I used in the stamped layer are also retiring as they have had their two years in the limelight as Stampin' Up! In Colors – Watermelon Wonder and Mint Macaron. As of the time that I am writing this the Stampin' Write Markers that feature these colors are still available – at 20% off! – as are the Classic Stampin' Pads for both colors. All of the ink refills are sold out, though.

     Oh, and this fun stamp set is going to retire! The stamped layer includes two of the stamps from the Mixed Borders Stamp Set. These stamps make such as elegant border, that you can make as delailed or plain as you'd like. I'm so disappointed that it only stayed around for one year. It's a favorite, but I'll be retiring it from my collection come May 31st. You may see it again here during this coming month, though!

     For the final touch, I added some Daffodil Delight and Night of Navy Enamel Shapes. Those, thank heavens!, are NOT retiring. So glad I stocked up on them when they were on sale last fall.

     Here are the retiring products I featured in today's post:

     And here are the other products included in the project:

    


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Posted on : May 02 2017
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Eastern Elegance: A Brand New Product Suite!

Aloha, all!

     It's May 1st, and that means it's only one more month before Stampin' Up!'s newest Annual Catalog will be released for the public. There are so many products in it that I can hardly wait to get my hands on! As a demonstrator, I'll be able to snatch up some of the new products beginning tomorrow.

     BUT EVERYONE CAN GET THEIR HANDS ON ONE FABULOUS PRODUCT SUITE BEGINNING TODAY!

     This new product suite is the Eastern Elegance Suite, and, yes, just about the whole suite is available for purchase – as bundles!  There are two bundles and, no matter which bundle you purchase, there will be another free new product or two that you'll get as part of it! Just click on the picture above to find out more about these bundles. But I'll tell you right now what my favorite new product in this deal is – the Very Vanilla Thick Cardstock!. Yes, we've had the Whisper White Thick Cardstock for a while, and it's gotten a lot of use in my craft room, mostly for card bases. It's great to hold lots of layers and not bend under the weight. But every time I've wanted to make a Very Vanilla Card Base, I keep the layers down a bit, and wonder why we don't have the thick cardstock in that color.

     Now we do!!!  And any of us who purchase one of the new bundles will get a pack of the new Very Vanilla Thick Cardstock at no additional cost! And, no matter which bundle you purchase, you'll get a free set of Very Vanilla Note Cards and Envelopes. Those excite me, too. And they're definitely a size that the U.S. Postal Service (at least) lets us mail without any additional postage.

     So clicki on the link above and find out more about this fab offer – and go to my Stampin' Up! Store to order it today!

     Oh, and the FREE Very Vanilla products are only good on these bundles, which are only available this month!


Posted on : May 01 2017
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I haven't really gone fishing – though I'll be seeing the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans and the Gulf of Mexico while I'm gone! And there may be some fish on a dinner table now and then!

I'm putting my blog on a bit of a vacation while I take my own, visiting family all over the United States Mainland. I'm sure that, while I'm gone, there will be news from Stampin' Up! as they're having their Spring 2017 gatherings during April, and news will be filtering out shortly after that. To keep you up-to-date with that, I'll be posting on my Facebook Page, RobinsCraftRoom. So check things out there – and Like my page! – while I'm gone. To get to my page quickly, just click on the word, Facebook, over at the left.

See you in May!!!

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Posted on : Apr 01 2017
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Aloha for the Month of April!

Aloha, all!

     Aloha means many things here in Hawai'i. When I use it to greet you each time I write a blog post here, I mean it as a sense of wishing you an affectionate, "Hello." When people speak of "living the aloha spirit," they are talking about the sense that we should live in peace and with love and compassion.

     But today, I'm using it in another way, as I'm saying goodbye to you – but just for a very short time! My husband and I are taking an extended vacation during the month of April to visit family all over the United States mainland, including attending the wedding of one of our nephews in the Washington, D. C., area. Of course I've made a personal card for the bride and groom, and my last post until I return is featuring that card.

     When I first saw the Lucky Elephant Stamp Set in the Stampin' Up! 2017 Occasions Catalog, I wondered if it would be appropriate as a card for this wedding, especially as our nephew is marrying a woman of Indian heritage. Surely I'd be able to use it! Then, when my sister-in-law said that the bride was going to be wearing a "stunning gold tunic with a red gown" for the wedding reception, I knew JUST what I was going to do with this elephant – Emboss it in Gold on Real Red Cardstock.

     After that, I tried to use all kinds of other gold products in the Stampin' Up! catalogs. But every time I tried to add something such as the Gold Foil Doilies or the Gold Ribbon or Gold Twine, the card just started to look too gaudy. And gaudy wasn't what I wanted. I wanted something simple and, hopefully, elegant. I do think that the final card has that feeling.

     The gold embellishments, both the circles on the rug on the back of the elephant and the hearts in the background are from the Metallic Enamel Shapes assortment. After I matted the main stamped layer using Gold Glimmer Paper, I felt that was all I needed.

     The sentiment is from another stamp set in the 2017 Occasions Catalog, Beautiful You. I seems to fit right in. There is a bit of fussy cutting work with the rug on the elephant's back. For that, I stamped and embossed just that part of the Elephant stamp on Pacific Point Cardstock. I then cut it out along the outside edge of the elephant stamp and just above the bottom part of the rug. (My first try was to stamp/emboss on Whisper White and then on Very Vanilla Cardstock, and color in the empty spaces with the Pacific Point. After not liking what I ended up with, I had the "duh" moment that led me to stamp/emboss on Pacific Point cardstock itself. Well, duh!

     Here are the products I feature in this card. Even though Robin's Craft Room will be on vacation, don't forget that my Stampin' Up! store is open all year, regardless of my personal plans. Just click on any of the pictures below to go to that store, learn more about any of the products, and then buy them if you'd like!

     Aloha for a month!

    


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Posted on : Mar 30 2017
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Getting Ready for my Next Newsletter – Sign Up This Week!

Aloha, all!

     I've been really busy getting ready for a long trip that will begin on April 3rd, and I've not had much time for crafting at all! But I have had some time in my craft room, and this week it's mostly about getting ready for my next newsletter – which will be early for a change. I'm planning to have it ready to e-mail out by Saturday, April 1st.

     This Diamond Fold card is one I've been meaning to try out, and I thought it would be a fun project for Springtime. I have written a short tutorial explaining how to make this fairly simply fold and I'll be including it in my upcoming Newsletter. As you can see, you can use any cardstock and/or Designer Series Papers for this card, so you're certainly not limited to those in this sample. But I'll give you all the measurements for all the layers you see here, along with cutting and scoring instructions!

     Anyone who signs up for my newsletter will not only get a link to the tutorial for this card, but will also find a link to a darling and quick-to-make gift box for Easter or other Spring treats. So sign up for my newsletter by March 31st! There will be other Stampin' Up! news as well!


Posted on : Mar 29 2017
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Birthday Blast – A Star of a Stamp Set!

Aloha, all!

     Today's blog post is not just about a stamp set. It's also about a fun Sizzix Edgelits Set that goes with it. I definitely haven't heard the word, "edgelit," in a while, and I didn't even realize how this one worked until I got it in my hot little hands last week. The edgelit can be used by itself, but it's really a Blast when it's used the the Birthday Blast Stamp Set!

     When I put the shape that the main die in this set cuts out over the starry image from the stamp set, the effect is amazing! Before I go into some hints for making a card like this, I'll share some details about the other parts of the card.

     First of all, the colors in this card are both in the 2016-2018 Stampin' Up! In Color set – Emerald Envy and Peekaboo Peach. The greeting is also a part of the Birthday Blast stamp set – it's all in one stamp, so there's no need to stress over lining the two words up. The stars underneath the greeting are from the 2016-2018 Enamel Shapes Set. The final element on the card is the bow made with the Emerald Envy 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon. One of the nice things about showing off a card made with colors in a specific group is that there is usually a set of cardstock that you can buy that includes all the colors in the set. In this case, there's a pack of 8-1/2" x 11" Cardstock that include both of these colors as well as the other 3 colors in this In Color set.

     Now about my trial and error in making this card. Die-cutting the top layer is not much of a hassle at all. I cut a piece of cardstock 4-1/2" high and 4-1/4" wide. I stamped "Happy Birthday" so that the top of the stamp is about 2-1/4" – 2-1/2" up from the bottom edge of the cardstock. Then I placed the edgelit across the cardstock, placing it about 1/4" above the top of the greeting and ran it through the Sizzix Big Shot.

     I set that aside and went to work on the stamped image. For this part of the project, I cut Whisper White Cardstock 5-1/2" high and 4-1/4" wide. Then I stamped the star blast image so that the top of the arch is about 5/8" from the top of the cardstock.

     Finally, I glued the top layer to the stamped layer. I applied adhesive only to the bottom rectangle of the top layer. Then I carefully placed the large center star over the stamped center star and made sure I got the left and right slashes so that they showed through the die-cut slashed leading up to the other two stars. Once I had that arranged, I (again carefully!) laid the lower rectangle down onto the stamped layer, adhering it securely.

     What you have at that point may look like a mess! But not to worry. What you want to do is to cut this grouping into a rectangle that's 5" high and 3-3/4" wide. I began cutting the grouping by making sure that the bottom edge was parallel with the greeting on the top layer. Once I had that edge the way I wanted it I used that edge as much guide to cut the other sides, starting with either the left or right side. I made 3 of these cards, and I found that I trimmed them in a different order each time. One time I made sure I had a squared-off rectangle before I worked on getting the whole thing down to size. There are probably as many ways of doing this as cards I would make. But it's really worth the effort – and it's not really that much effort!

     When it came to the ribbon, I just tied a small bow and adhered it to the base of the star "blast." But, when I had some of my downline make it in a class I had for them, some of them tied the ribbon around the die-cut base and then tied the bow. I think it looked good either way – whichever you prefer!

     Here's a recap of the products I used for this project. Click on any of the photos to get to my Stampin' Up! store to find out more about any of them and even to order them right away! If you have any questions, you can always call me at the phone number shown up near the right top of this page.

 


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Posted on : Mar 19 2017
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Fun Folded Gift Box for Valentine’s Favors!

Aloha, all!

     Next Saturday I'll be co-hosting a Valentine's Luncheon for one of my service organizations. One of my jobs as the co-host is to make favors for everyone. This isn't a very large group, but it's still enough people that I need something quick and easy to make and that will hold something fun in the way of a treat.

     This little box is made just with folds! There's no cutting or gluing to construct the box at all. How simple is that??!!! Of course, you have to use some adhesive to adhere the piece of Sending Love Designer Series Paper from the stack of the same name. But that's it!

     The good news is that those on my mailing list get a tutorial for this project! If you're not already on my newsletter mailing list, you'll get a tutorial for making this card when you sign up between now and February 12th of this year. If you are already on the list, you will have received a copy of this tutorial with my early February newsletter earlier today.. I really hope you enjoy it! It's not an original design, but I think my tutorial will make it especially easy for you to make this little darling!

     Oh, and my Newsletter Sign-Up form is up at the top left of this page!

     Happy Stamping!

 

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Posted on : Feb 05 2017
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My Craft Room – Not Just for Paper!

Aloha, all!

     Since late last year, I have had a bit less time for my paper crafting, but not because I'm too busy with chores. I've been learning how to crochet a breast prosthesis called a Knitted Knocker. How these got their name is a fun story, but I'll leave it for you to research that online at KnittedKnockers.org. What's more fun for me is that I now am able to make these breast prostheses for women who have had breast cancer and have not had reconstructive surgery. I feel as if I'm really doing something to help with those who have had breast cancer and not just by donating money to research. This was especially true yesterday when I gave a friend my very first completed set of Knitted Knockers (which, in my case, were crocheted, not knitted).

     Isn't that a delightful color of blue?! It's a color that my friend picked out from a box of yarn I'd ordered and received just a few weeks ago. No matter where you are around the world making these, they're made with soft yarn and either knitted or crocheted very tightly so that they can be stuffed with polyester fiber fill. The yarn that our group uses is Cascade Ultra Pima 100% cotton yarn.  For this set, and for any that I give to someone directly, I stuff them as full as I can and then the person who is going to use them can remove however much she wants to make them comfortable.

     The group to which I belong that started making these in our area of East Hawaii not only gives these to friends and neighbors, but also distributes them to oncology and other cancer treatment centers in our area. Those, too, are stuffed and ready to wear, with slight adjustments as needed. The group also sends knitted and crocheted items to the national Knitted Knockers in Bellingham, Washington, because that is where most requests for these are received. But wherever and to whomever we give these, we do not charge one cent for them. So if you, or someone you know, would like to have one or two of these, just get in touch with KnittedKnockers.org, and they'll help you get your order placed.

     Of course, my Stampin' Up! stash helped with the packaging of this delivery! That bag is a gusseted cellophane bag from Stampin' Up! And I punched the tag that went with this using the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch. I really can't make anything these days without pulling stuff from the paper-crafting side of my craft room! Click on either of the pictures below to learn more about the products AND to purchase them from my Stampin' Up! store.

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Posted on : Feb 04 2017
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Need Ideas for Luncheon Favors!

Aloha, all!

     Here I am with a different twist on my usual posts – I'm asking YOU for your ideas!

     My specific need right now is for a quick and easy favor for a friend to make for a convention that will take place on our island early in the summer. So here's what I am faced with: I don't know what the budget is; I don't know how many volunteer crafters there are or even if they're experienced crafters; but I do know that the favor has to hold something. Oh, but I don't know what it's supposed to hold. Hmmm. The idea, though, is that my friend will present an idea or ideas to a committee next week with a proposed budget and ideas of what could be in the favor.

     Here's the first idea I gave her, and I should hear back in a day or two about whether it's what she had in mind. But it would really help if I could give her another idea or two. Yes, I've searched Pinterest, but, outside of having something that holds a glassine or plastic bag with a tag topper, nothing grabbed me except the box that I made.

     I made this somewhat origami-style box using two sheets of paper from the Playful Palette Designer Series Paper Stack and Peekaboo Peach 3/8" Ruched Ribbon, both from the Stampin' Up! 2016-2017 Annual Catalog. The sheet for the top is the full 6" square that comes in the Paper Stack. I trimmed the sheet for the bottom to 5-5/8", so the top fits snugly over the bottom. It took me about 9 minutes to make one box, and I estimate the cost of materials to be about $1. That seems reasonable to me. If we have 20 people making boxes for 4 hours, given that we'd certainly spend time chatting and not necessarily be focused on the box making, we could knock out at least 300 boxes in one afternoon.

     So – do you have anything comparable that I might try out? If so, please send me an e-mail, and even include a link if you know of any ideas that are shown on the internet! 

 


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Posted on : Jan 06 2017
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