Summer Swap Review – New Catty!

Aloha, all!

     Today's project is the third of the swaps I did this summer with our VC (Virtual Cruise) Rocks! group.  My last two blog posts showed off the first two of the swaps.

     The theme of this swap was "The New Catty." This refers to the 2016-2017 Stampin' Up! Catalog. So the project had to use products featured in this catalog. While we could use anything in the current catalog, I figured for myself that the theme really was to use something NEW in the new catalog.


     For my project, I once again decided to try to redo a CASEd project that I'd tried out last month. In that project, I tried the Live, Love, Grow Stamp Set layout from the catalog project on page 146, but I changed out the one non-green color that the Stampin' Up! catalog featured. What I did was pick up one of the colors in another project on the same page. I wasn't completely unhappy with the colors I picked, but my impression of what a terrarium should be is mostly green. So, for this project, I chose three greens for the main plants, adding just a bit of color with one of the stamps from the Jar of Love Stamp Set. The greens I chose were Pear Pizzazz, Mint Macaron, and Garden Green. I carried the Garden Green color through the rest of the project, sponging the edges of the scalloped square, stamping the sentiment and matting the main layer. I also stamped the outline of one of the flowers inside the card to decorate the page on which you'd write a note.

     The other color in this project is the new Peekaboo Peach. I used this for the background flower in the stamped image, and chose a piece of the Peekaboo Peach Designer Series Paper Stack for the main background layer. Finally, I tied on a bow with the new Peekaboo Peach 3/8" Ruched Ribbon.

     Once again, I used the MISTI tool (not a Stampin' Up! product) to help with this project. I didn't have to worry at all about where I was stamping any of my images. When it came to coloring in the plants, though, I chose to color them in by hand rather than use the filler stamps in the stamp set. I tried it both ways, and I really do like the look of the hand-coloring. Besides, aren't coloring books the "thing" these days to help us relax? Heck, I just made my own little coloring book with this swap!

     The stem on the flower from the Jar of Love Stamp Set isn't as long as I needed it to be for this project. So I hand-drew an extension of the stem in each of the pictures. That was relaxing, too! Actually the whole project was pretty relaxing, and I'm glad to have created the opportunity to do this. If you're interested in any of the products in this project, just click on any of the pictures below to go to my Stampin' Up! shop to learn more about them, and order them if you wish! Happy Stamping!!!


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Posted on : Aug 26 2016
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Summer Swap Review – Be a Big Shot!

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     Last month, just after the 2016-2017 Stampin' Up! Catalog was released, I went through the catalog page by page and chose some projects on those pages to CASE (copy and share with everyone). There were a couple that left me kind of, well, disappointed in what I ended up creating. The original projects were gorgeous – but I'm not the professional those guys are! So here I am with a somewhat different take on one of the CASEd projects.


     The original project was on page 44 of the catalog and my "original" CASE was in this blog post. I like the idea of using a stamp positioner to stamp a design in a square. To do this, you position each stamp in a certain spot on one side of a square, stamp the image, turn the square 90 degrees, stamp again in the same position and so forth. But the design the last time was just too large and trying to use the same images as the original on a smaller square than the original just didn't work as well as I wanted. So this time, I just used smaller images – and it works much better, I think!

     As I mentioned in my last post, the three projects I'm posting this week are are projects that I made for a series of swaps with members of my summer Stampin' Up! online group, VC (stands for Virtual Cruise) Rocks! We do "rock"! So rather than use the stamp positioner that Stampin' Up! sells (the Stamp-a-ma-jig), I pulled out my MISTI tool and stamped away with that. Oh, did these 11 identical cards go SOOOO fast! No repositioning every time I turned the square – yay!

     The stamps are from the Love and Affection Stamp Set. Most of the stamps in this set are of the smaller variety, though there are one or two that are a bit larger than those shown in this project. I do like them all, and certainly will be using them for other projects as the year goes on. The sentiment is from another set, the Flourishing Phrases Stamp Set.

     But now you'd probably like to know about the theme of this swap. It was "So You Want to be a Big Shot?!" Of course, that means that we had to show off at least one use of a Stampin' Up! product that's used with the Sizzix Big Shot. For this project I used two of these products. The first was the Layering Squares Framelits. For this project I used two of the squares from the set (there are NINETEEN squares in this set!!!). The scalloped square is a 3" square and the plain square is a 2-5/8" square. The other Sizzix product I used was another new product, the Seaside Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. It's part of the suite that includes the Seaside Shore Stamp Set and the accompanying designer series paper. But I think it goes well with so much more – including this project!

     The swaps for VC Rocks have some baseline requirements, including that there have to be at least two layers in the card (I have 3, including the Watermelon Wonder Cardstock layer and the textured layer) and there has to be at least one Stampin' Up! embellishment. For this project, I used two designs from the Affectionately Yours Designer Washi Tape set. Love those colors!

     My next blog post later this week will show off another redo of another CASE that I published last month. I had a lot of fun with that one, too, and look forward to showing it off! Meanwhile, here are the products that I used for this project. Click on any of the pictures and you'll be magically transported to my personal Stampin' Up! store to find out more about the products – and buy them, too! They're all so much fun to use.


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Posted on : Aug 24 2016
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A Blossoming Catalog CASE!

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     Getting to know the 2016-2017 Stampin' Up! Catalog by CASEing projects has really helped me so much this year! In past years, I'd buy new stamp sets, and then sit and wonder what I was going to do with them. Sometimes with a new catalog I challenge myself to use all my new stamp sets before I can go back to my "oldies but goodies." But, truth be told, that was more of a chore that I really like to let my paper crafting get. Copying something that someone else has done to get myself started has really helped me truly enjoy all my new products. Even though it's someone else's design, I can truly say, "I made this!" In fact, if you've gone through the catalog much at all, I'm sure you've noticed the phrase, "You can make it!" in quite a few places. It's not so different from making a project that's featured in many classes.

     And it's fun – including today's project, with a design that I think is just lovely.


     And not only is this a lovely design by someone at Stampin' Up!, it's also SOOO easy to make! What really makes it easy is that all the shading in the flowers and leaves is accomplished by stamping AND that the flowers and leaves are all punched out with a Stampin' Up! punch.

     I colored my flower petals with Daffodil Delight Ink. For the background, I inked up my stamp, stamped it first lightly onto a piece of scrap paper, then stamped it on my Whisper White Cardstock. For the second layer of color, I inked up the second stamp with Daffodil Delight Ink, but stamped fully-inked onto the first layer of color, creating what looks like to different colors. I did the same with the leaves and Pear Pizzazz Ink. I punched out three petals and two leaves, stamped the stem directly onto the rectangular piece of Whisper White Cardstock, and then adhered the petals and leaves using Mini Glue Dots.

     For the sentiment, I used Crumb Cake Ink to match the Crumb Cake Cardstock which forms the card front. I used one of the Tags and Labels Framelits to cut the shape, I wound some Gold Metallic Thread around four of my fingers and attached it to the back of the die-cut shape, before attaching it to the rectangular layer using Stampin' Dimensionals.

     The final touch is a piece of the old style of Delicate White Doilies (I hadn't yet ordered the new, smaller, doilies, but I have them now!). I adhered this to the back of the Whisper White rectangle before adhering the whole thing to the Crumb Cake Cardstock layer.

     And I just know that, if you've not yet purchased the Stamp Set and the Punch, you're going to want to take advantage of the bundled price for these two items! So I'm including a link to the bundle in my list of features products today. Those two are the best buy in the catalog as far as I'm concerned (well, at the moment anyway)!


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Posted on : Jul 28 2016
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A Terrarium CASE from the Catalog!

Aloha, all!

     Even though I've been busy a lot with my own designs, I've found that I really like CASEing (Copy and Share with Everyone) the Stampin' Up! Catalog. It gives me a quick opportunity learn how various stamp sets and other products included in projects work together.


     Take the Live, Love, Grow Stamp Set featured in today's card and CASEd from a sample on page 146 of the catalog. So far I've tried it with 2-step stampin' as well as just stamping one image and coloring it in. So far, though you know I'm a 2-step stampin' lover, I really like just stamping the line images in this set and coloring them in. But I'll spend some more time with the set and see if I can't practice enough to make this a successful 2-step set for my use.

     While I do like the way these stamps fit into the terrarium outline featured in the stamp set, I'm also looking forward to seeing what other stamp sets I can use with the terrarium theme. Do you have any ideas? I'm thinking that I'd like some plants in the background, for sure.

     The colors that I used for this project are Mint Macaron, Garden Green, and Melon Mambo. I also chose a piece of Mint Macaron-colored paper from the Blooms and Bliss Designer Series Paper set (I'm running out of this pattern!). I picked Melon Mambo as my accent color as I really wanted to use a piece of ribbon to accent this piece, and the Melon Mambo 1/8" Stitched Ribbon was just the right size for this layout.

     OK – here's my hint for the day. Do you see those sequins? They're from the Brights Sequin Assortment, which I rarely use. But, after I got this card all done, I managed to get a bit of black ink smudged on that Whisper White background. Rats! But one of those sequins covered that up beautifully. I just added a couple more to the design, and they really do look like a part of my design. So don't forget that there are plenty of Stampin' Up! embellishments lying around your work table – and they can be used for lots of things in a pinch!

     Here are the products that I've featured in this blog. I hope you'll click on the photo of any that interest you and learn more about those products as you browse my personal Stampin' Up! Store!


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Posted on : Jul 25 2016
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A Fun Combo of Old and New!

Aloha, all!

     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!

1008SUOCMasculine     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!


Posted on : Jul 17 2016
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Square Framelits Again – With a CASE!

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     One of the sweetest collection of products in the 2016-2017 Stampin' Up! Catalog is Affectionally Yours. My favorite products in this suite are the Love and Affection Stamp Set and the Affectionately Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper. The paper set is a "specialty" set because it has copper accents, to go along with other copper products in the suite. But today, I'm focusing on the floral part of the suite.


     While I was drooling all over the products on pages 44 and 45 of the catalog, a card with this kind of design caught my eye. The card in the catalog was a square card, and the central stamped layer filled most of the card. But I wanted a card that was a standard size that showed off the paper in the DSP set. So I scrunched my design a bit to make it smaller all around.

     If you guessed that I used my MISTI stamp aligner with this, you'd be right. The MISTI isn't a Stampin' Up! product, but it sure does make doing this kind a stamping a breeze! If you want to learn more about it, you can find dozens of videos on YouTube. The basic concept with this design is that you position a stamp in a spot on a square, stamp the image using the MISTI, and then turn your paper 90 degrees, restamp, and repeat twice.

     I love the colors in the Designer Series Paper, so stuck with them for this project: Watermelon Wonder, Cucumber Crush, Daffodil Delight, and Night of Navy. Once I finished stamping this square, I cut it out using the 3" square from the Layering Squares Framelits set.

     For the background, I used both sides of the same sheet of the Designer Series Paper, cutting each 5-1/2" wide (the width of the card front) and 2-1/8" high (both together fit the height of the card front). I would like to have used the Affectionately Your Designer Washi Tape to "hold the pieces together," but at the time I made this card, I didn't yet own any (I do now, and it was this card that pushed me into that purchase!). So I used a 5/8" strip of another color of the Designer Series Paper and cut notches in both ends.

     I adhered the stamped layer onto the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals.

     This layout really is a simple one to make, and I'm already thinking that this might just be one of my swap projects for my summer swapping group! (Do you think they're reading this?)

     Here are the products I featured in this project, and I hope you'll go to my personal Stampin' Up! website to learn more about them – and buy some to make your own projects!


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Posted on : Jul 16 2016
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One Last Seaside Shore CASE!

Aloha, all!

     I do hope that you're not tired of my efforts to CASE some of the projects on the Stampin' Up! Catalog pages featuring the Seaside Shore Stamp Set. But once I got started on them, I really wanted to try them all out to see how the stamps and the papers worked together. And, for today's project, to see how the lovely new Seaside Textured Impressions Embossing Folder work with them, too!


     As with the card that I published last Tuesday, today's project is on page 93 of the 2016-2017 Stampin' Up! Catalog. What a pretty set of pages 92-93 are! The artists who put these today really caught my attention for sure.

     You may have noticed that a lot of the cards featured in the current Stampin' Up! catalog are not showing much of a mat behind the base layer on the card fronts. This is one of those. And, while I don't considered it necessary for me to follow suit when I'm CASEing a project, in this case, I thought the simplicity of this design warranted staying with a solid color layer.

     This is one of the projects that my newest downline and I worked on creating last week, and we both decided that we just weren't interested in doing any heat embossing that day. So we gave up the idea of gold embossing the sentiment and several starfish that had been added to the Designer Series Paper sheet. I also do not yet own the stamp set from which the original sentiment comes (Better Together). So we looked around and found one that we liked from the Rose Wonder Stamp Set.

     Once we decided on the sympathy sentiment, we found that we had to make our banner a bit deeper to fit the stamp. That was really not a big deal, especially when you're not trying to copy a card exactly. But we needed something else for the horizontal element behind the banner as I do not yet own any of the new Thin Striped Ribbon. I'll get them all eventually (I love ribbon!). But my ribbon stash right now seems to be large enough. Anyway, we decided to use one of the designs from the By the Seashore Designer Series Paper set, the same set from which the starfish paper comes. We picked the sheet with the Mint Macaron bubbles to complement the background color.

     My friend and I discussed how tall and wide we wanted the Starfish DSP to be. With this layout, I really wanted the top, bottom and right side to have the same distance from the edge of the paper to the edge of the card. But we both wanted the left space to be no smaller than it seemed in the picture. We ended up cutting the DSP 5" high (with a 1/4" border top and bottom) and 3-1/4" wide (with a 1/4" border at the right and 3/4" border on the left).

     Occasionally I share hints about using Stampin' Up! products here on my blog, and here's a hint for today's project. If you use Fast Fuse Adhesive (and I use it exclusively for my basic adhesive), definitely don't press too hard on the back of a texturized piece of cardstock. The texturizing weakens the cardstock a bit, and the Fast Fuse Adhesive can tear the paper apart if you've pressed too hard. You never need to press hard with Fast Fuse, and this is one time when you should keep that firmly in mind!

     So that's it for CASEing the Seaside Shore samples! I do need to get onto more products! Speaking of which, these are the products I featured in today's project. I hope you'll click on any of the pictures to find out more about them, and order them directly from my own Stampin' Up! Store!

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     An update after writing this post. I know I've said in the past that it's a good idea to make Sympathy cards when I really don't need them. When I need them because someone you I or who is close to someone I know, it's really hard to think about the deceased when I'm trying to come up with a design. This happened with the Sympathy card I made last week for a friends whose husband passed away. This week, someone I'd known online for quite some time died, and I was able quickly to send out this card to her family. The bad news is that I have to make another Sympathy card pretty quickly!

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Posted on : Jul 12 2016
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CASEing With Another Jar!

Aloha, all!

     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!


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Posted on : Jul 10 2016
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Another Case – Another Fish!

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     I spent a lot more time last weekend CASEing the new Stampin' Up! Catalog than I intended. The main reason is that I found such great designs throughout its pages, and I wanted to try them all! Of course I couldn't do that because I've only bought a few of the dozens and dozens of stamp sets available. But the few that I do have in my collection of new products are definitely those that I, personally, will enjoy. And I hope that those of you who follow my blog will enjoy them, too!


     My last blog post on Tuesday featured one of the fish from the Seaside Shore Stamp Set. But that's not the only set with a cute fish – so is one of my favorite new sets, Jar of Love. Stampin' Up! had a jar stamp set a few years back, but this one is SOOO much more interesting. First of all, there are lots more different kinds of designs to go with the jars. And second, there's a great set of framelits, Everyday Jars Framelits, that coordinate with the stamp set.

     This card is much more of a CASE than a direct copy of the project on page 74 of the 2016-2017 Stampin' Up! Catalog. But the one part that caught my eye was the cute little fish in the water at the bottom of the jar! I just had to use that in a card. I also liked the circle and the banner shapes in the background, so I wound those into my design also. The circle is a piece of Mint Macaron Cardstock cut with the 2" Circle Punch. I made the Pumpkin Pie Banner using the straight banner in the new Bunch of Banners Framelits set. I hand cut a piece of paper from the By the Shore Designer Series Paper set – the same print as the one that I used for the mat behind the central layer.

     I did a light watercolor wash on the piece of Thick Whisper White Cardstock that forms the base for the central layer. It looks just dark enough in person, but sure doesn't show up in a photograph well! Since I make my cards to send out to friends and family, it's what it looks like IRL that's important to me!

     This card marks my very first use of the new Enamel Shapes that have replaced Candy Dots in the Stampin' Up! catalog. I really do like the Candy Dots, but I think I'll get used to the Enamel Shapes once I've used them in different projects. I have to say that it really was fun to have that little heart for this card. Oh, and I found out – the hard way – that, once these dots are on your paper, they're there to stay! I really wanted to move that little heart just a tad to get the exact balance I wanted. But it and its adhesive had other ideas. At least I won't have to be concerned that they'll fall off in the mail!

     More CASEs to come in the next week or so! But I've finally branched out to make some of my own designs, and I'll sprinkle some of them in, too! And, if you're interested in buying any of the products that I have on my blog, don't forget that you can buy them on my very own Stampin' Up! website. Just click here to start shopping! Or click on any of the pictures below to go directly to that item in the store! Note, that if you purchase the stamp set and the framelits together – item 142342 is the bundle number – you get a discount. The bundle is just $52 instead of $60.

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Posted on : Jul 07 2016
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Another Catalog CASE – For the SUO Challenge!

Aloha, all!

     Here I am once again (twice in one week? what??) with a project that I CASEd from the Stampin' Up! catalog. While Sunday's CASEd project was based on some concepts, today's project is pretty much based entirely on the design on page 93 of the Stampin' Up! 2016-2017 Catalog. This project also fits very well into the biweekly Stampin' Up! Only Challenge theme which is currently "Delight in Nature." When you live in Hawaii, as I do, anything to do with the sea is definitely something that falls into that category!


     I actually worked with one of my neighbors, who is going to sign up as a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator this month, to CASE this card. One thing that I try to do with my new Team Members is to help them get used to using some of the products in the current Stampin' Up! catalog. The annual 2016-2017 catalog is about as current as you can get! The good news for this new demonstrator is that she lives close by, so we were able to CASE this card together.

     The stamp set that we used for this project is Seaside Shore, and it includes all the stamped images that you see here, including the starfish, seagrass, bubbles, the fish (of course!) and the sentiment.  It was SOOO much fun for us to make this card.

     The background paper is one of the sheets from the By The Shore Designer Series Paper set. We decided to cut this paper carefully so that we could get at least 4 cards out of this one sheet and have the dark-to-light shading as in this card (top to bottom).

     There is not a set of framelits or punches for this set, so we both manually cut this cute little fish out. There are some nice curves in the image, so it was fun cutting her out.  It was clear to see that the central stamped layer was part of the Lots of Labels Framelits set. We had a bit of a discussion about which one to use, and decided on the second to largest framelit in the set.

     This was so much fun, and I hope you'll like the other projects that we completed and that I'm looking forward to showing off over the next couple of weeks! I also hope that you'll check out the SUO Challenge blog this time and find something in your collection of Stampin' Up! products that show off a Delight in Nature (retired products happily accepted in our challenge!).

     If you don't have this fun Seaside Shore Stamp Set or the paper that coordinates with it so well, just click on one of the pictures below to go directly to my own Stampin' Up! Store to read more about it – and maybe even buy it!


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Posted on : Jul 04 2016
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