Happy New Year!

Aloha and Hau’oli Makahiki Hou!

     Yes, that's "Happy New Year," in the Hawaiian language. And here I am, still in Hawaii, having spent a wonderful year in the land of Aloha. And I'm looking forward to yet another in this beautiful place I call home. One of my favorite activities that help make my life here so special is that I have a special place in which to create with my paper and inks, most of them from Stampin' Up! and all of them fun to work and play with!

     I've not been here at my computer much in the past week or so as we've been having a very busy holiday season – fun busy, not work busy. Part of that has been crafting, both by myself and with friends and downline here in my craft room. So I have quite a few things to share with you over the next few days to help you catch up on what I've been doing – all of it with new Stampin' Up! products that will go on sale to the public this coming Wednesday, January 4, 2017.


     First of all, I copied the basic layout of this card from fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrator, Jenny Hall, who published this in a demonstrator-only Facebook group. I think that the negative image that we can create with the upcoming Stylish Stems Framelits Set goes just perfectly with the also soon-to-be-for-sale Sending Love Designer Series Paper Stack. I made the card base using Whisper White Thick Cardstock (much better for a card base than plain Whisper White Cardstock!) and also used some of the Thick Cardstock for the top layer. Both the flower and the stem cut beautifully with no fussing with getting those little pieces out of the cut image. I just touched those that didn't come out by themselves and they popped right out.

     The sentiment is from the upcoming 2017 Sale-a-bration catalog, and you can get it free with a $50 Stampin' Up! product purchase. I did some quick math and found that, if you buy the Framelits Set, the Sending Love paper stack, the Whisper White Thick Cardstock and the Real Red Classic Stampin' Pad for stamping the sentiment, you could then get the stamp set FOR FREE!

     You just have to wait until Wednesday! But I'll be sure to remind you come Wednesday. I'll reprint this card and the projects for the next two days in a Wednesday post so you can see what to buy!

     Meanwhile, I hope you are having just a wonderful New Year's Day wherever you are (and maybe some of you are already past New Year's Day?).


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Posted on : Jan 01 2017
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Quick & Easy Last Minute Halloween Cards!

Aloha, all!

     Last week a friend and I got together to design and make some Halloween cards that we could show others almost right up to the time of the holiday. I searched the Internet for ideas, and found a Christmas card design that I thought could be a lot of fun for Halloween as well – and it was quick and easy! This was so easy, in fact, that I made a bunch of them. Today I'll share photos of several, and give you a quick set of instructions to make your own for last minute Halloween greetings!


     You might recognize at least one of the stamped images in this card as having come from the Jar of Haunts Stamp Set – the sentiment is, indeed, from that set. But the pumpkin is also from the same set! So, no jar this time, but the stamp set hasn't left my desk yet!

     The paper in this card is one of the sheets from the Halloween Night Specialty Designer Series Paper set. To make a card using this "folding back" technique, it's my opinion that you need a sheet that has a fairly simple/solid design on one side to set off the more complex design on the other side. This sheet, with the pumpkins on one side and the grid design on the other is just perfect!

     Here are the simple directions for making this card front:

  • Make a card base from an 8-1/2" by 5-1/2" piece of cardstock, folding it to make a 4-1/4" wide by 5-1/2" high card, folded on the left. Choose cardstock to complement – even match – the colors in the Designer Series Paper you're going to use. For this card, I used Pumpkin Pie Cardstock to complement the Pumpkin Pie color in the Designer Series Paper.
  • Cut a piece of Designer Series Paper 4" wide by 5-1/4" high.
  • Cut a 1-3/4" slit from middle of the right edge of the side of the paper that will be the front of your card.
  • Score from the left end of the slit to the bottom right corner as well as to the top right corner.
  • Fold the paper on the score lines.
  • Adhere the under side of the folds to the front of the paper so that they stay in place.
  • Adhere the folded paper to the card front.
  • Decorate the card front with a layered element that lays over the inside edge of the slitted paper.

     That's really all there is to it! For the above card, I cut the stamped layer and the next layer under it (Pumpkin Pie Cardstock) with a scalloped square from the Layering Squares Framelits Set. Then I cut the next larger square from Pumpkin Pie Glimmer Paper. Note that, when cutting Glimmer Paper with Framelits, I find it easier to have the Framelits cut the smooth back side.

     Here are two of the other cards I made with this design. Both use the same paper, but for the top card, I placed the center element in the center of the card, rather than over to the right side as in the other two cards.



     My friend decided she wanted a card using the seasonal colors, but did not want to use "Happy Halloween" on one of her cards. So this is what she made, using a sentiment from the Basket of Wishes Stamp Set.


     Sooooo easy and quick! It might be a bit late for the products in this project. But you might like to try them for next Halloween – or even for Thanksgiving (especially that Basket of Wishes Stamp Set!). So here's a list of what I used. Each picture includes a link to my very own Stampin' Up! store where you can find out more about the products and order them right then and there!

     Happy Stamping!


Posted on : Oct 27 2016
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Halloween Fun with Jar of Haunts Stamp Set – Part 2

Aloha, all!

     If you looked at the photo of the Jar of Haunts Stamp Set in Wednesday's blog post, you'll have noticed that there is more than one stamp that's made to fit inside that fun little jar. For that post, I included the fun little mummy-looking figure in the jar. Today's project is a bit sweeter.


     I got the idea for this layout from fellow Stampin' Up! Demonstrator extraordinaire, Connie Babbert. So I should probably call it a CASEd card (recalling that CASE stands for Copy And Share with Everyone).

     The "sweet" part of this, of course, is that there is candy in the jar this time. If I wasn't so busy trying to get all my Halloween cards done this week, I'd have liked to have cut out some of those candies and plopped them in different spots on the card just for fun. But "hurry" is my word of the week this week!

     Even though the paper – from the Halloween Night Specialty Designer Series Paper set – has Pumpkin Pie as its primary color, I decided to use Peekaboo Peach as the coordinating color for this card since I wanted to make a ribbon bow to accent the card. There is no Pumpkin Pie ribbon in the Stampin' Up! catalog at this point. BUT if you'd like to make this card with Pumpkin Pie accents, there is some Pumpkin Pie 1/4" Cotton Ribbon on Stampin' Up!'s Clearance Rack!

     Back to the Peekaboo Peach – besides the 3/8" Ruched Ribbon, I used some Peekaboo Peach Cardstock, which I texturized with the Brick Wall Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. I also decided to make a bow for the jar itself, and used the bow and ribbon stamps from the Jar of Love Stamp Set.  Then I die cut both the jar and the bow using the Everyday Jars Framelits Set. I matted the Designer Series Paper sheet with some Basic Black Cardstock and adhered it over the Peekaboo Peach Cardstock, and then adhered that all to a card base made with Whisper White Thick Cardstock. The last layering step was to adhere the stamped and die-cut jar to the card using Stampin' Dimensionals.

     For the final touch, I added three Pumpkin Pie color sequins from the Brights Sequin Assortment. Done, and oh, so cute! Thanks, Connie Babbert, for the idea!

     Now here are links to the products that I featured in this project. Let me know if I could interest you in buying any of them. It's still not too late for Halloween! Or click on any of the photos to go right to my store to order them directly online!


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Posted on : Oct 21 2016
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You’re Amazing – Another Fun CASE!

Aloha, all!

     Today I'm using a Stampin' Up! Stamp Set that's in the 2016-2017 Annual Catalog, but which you cannot buy by itself. It's the Watercolor Wishes Stamp Set, and it ships exclusively with the Watercolor Wishes Card Kit. This is an all-inclusive card kit – stamps and ink, along with the usual layers and embellishments. And, yes, I bought the kit just to have the stamp set. Of course, I've made most of the cards in the kit, but I'm still using that stamp set a LOT with my other cards!


     This design is not my own. A fellow Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Sandy Hancock, displayed this card online and I just fell in love with the layout. Of course, hers was different in many ways – she used pink, where I used Cucumber Crush; she didn't include a sentiment and I did; and she used lots of pearls and enamel shapes, but I just used some coordinating Thick Baker's Twine.

     What I did do that she did was to use the new Cable Knit Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder as my background layer, with a "flourish" die-cut using the Flourish Thinlits. It's such a lovely layout!

     If you ever see one of the cards that I've displayed on my own blog, and you have a question about it, please don't hesitate to add a comment here or even to e-mail me with your question. It happens quite a bit, believe it or not, and I love writing responses. It also helps me figure out what I should say about a card as I'm going through the process of writing the post that goes with it!

     Now here are the products I used to create today's project. As always, click on the picture of the product to learn more about it and/or buy it from my personal Stampin' Up! website.


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Posted on : Sep 30 2016
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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!

Aloha, all!

     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!

Aloha, all!

     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!

Aloha, all!

     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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