Next Month is Autumn???

Aloha, all!

     Here we and much of the rest of the United States are under heat advisories. And yet I just looked at next month's calendar and saw the phrase, "First Day of Autumn," right there in black and white!!! Yikes (with more exclamation points).

     The good news for me and my stamping friends, though, is that this means we get into a season of special papers and colors that provide so much fresh crafting opportunities. Yes, I'm still working on using all the goodies that I ordered from Stampin' Up!'s Annual Catalog. But I am so excited to have received my first pre-order of products from the upcoming Stampin' Up! 2017 Holiday Catalog!

     The flowers and leaves in this card are from the gorgeous new stamp set, Painted Harvest. I could hardly wait to try it out and I definitely couldn't wait to show it off to you.

     These flowers really do look to me as if they've been watercolored – or "painted." But the petals are two different stamps, with variegated texture. For this card, I used Crushed Curry Ink for the base stamp and Peekaboo Peach for the top stamp. I had the stamps in my hands and I still cannot believe how those two colors blended together so well to create these flowers! I used Chocolate Chip Ink for the center of the flowers, adding just a touch of Peekaboo Peach or Crushed Curry to the centers to add a tinge of color.

     I found the leaves equally magic in the way they turned out after I used Wild Wasabi Ink for the base and Old Olive for the top stamped layer. And, while I "fussy cut" the center flower (adhered with Stampin' Dimensionals), I punched the leaves with the brand new Leaf Punch made to go with this set (but so useful otherwise, too!). The stamp set and punch will be offered as a bundle at 10% off the price of the two products if purchased separately.

     Current products that I used for this project include the luscious 1/4" Copper Trim that I tied into a bow, and the Copper Foil that I used as one of the mats for the stamped layer. The sentiment is from the Thoughts and Prayers Stamp Set. In the product grid following this post, I included a link to the Clear Mount version of this stamp as, whenever it's possible, I purchase only clear mount or photopolymer stamps – such space savers! But I've owned this stamp set for so long that, not only was it around before there were Clear Mount Stamps Sets, it was around when Stampin' Up! was still selling some stamp sets that had to be double-mounted on wood. But the set still works beautifully, so I'm definitely not replacing it!

     Unfortunately, I had to use this stamp set for the first time for a sympathy card for a colleague of my husband whose own husband just died today. But I know that this card will be especially appreciated as it was made just for her. I try to have some sympathy cards in my stash. But when someone is close, I feel better if I create something just for her.

     These are the current products that I used in this project. All can be ordered whenever you'd like.

 


Posted on : Aug 10 2017
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If Life Gives You Lemons….

Aloha, all!

     The good thing for me is that life doesn't make a habit of giving me lemons!  But I was quite happy to see the wonderful Lemon Zest Stamp Set appear in the newest Stampin' Up! Catalog. What fun it has been playing with that set and the punches that coordinate so well with it. It also had meant that, finally, I am making good use of my long-neglected Crushed Curry Ink.

     Once I decided to use this set, and to make the lemons the color of Crushed Curry, I had to decide which green I wanted to use to coordinate. After some trial and error, I found that I really liked Old Olive Ink for the lemon leaves and the cardstock accent color. The next step was to decide on which of the many crushed current Designer Series Papers I would use for this project. When I narrowed my choice down to two of the sheets from the Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack, I couldn't decide whether to use the light or darker sheet. So – of course! – I used both! The technique of taking two sheets of paper or cardstock and turning one slightly one way and the other in the other direction is not one I've used a lot. But it really works nicely here, I think.

     The sentiments in this stamp set are a lot of fun to use, and they're very definitely of the mix-and-match variety. I chose the two in this card just because I love the word Zest. It just makes me feel perky, whether I'm in the kitchen zesting a piece of citrus, or in my craft room looking at this stamp set! I stamped the two sections of the sentiment on one piece of cardstock, and notched it on one end using with the Banner Triple Punch.

     Using punches was the theme of the day with this card. I used the new Lemon Builder Punch to punch both the full lemon and the leaves after I had stamped them with the Curry and Olive colors. Then I stamped two of the "slices" and punched those out using the 1-3/4" Circle Punch. for which these slices were designed. Perfect!

     After I adhered all the layers and punched pieces together, I tied it all together with a knot made of the new Old Olive 3/8" Mini Chevron Ribbon, and then sprinkled some Crushed Curry Enamel Shapes from the Regals Collection of the enamel shapes. I adhered it all to a card base made of Whisper White Thick Cardstock. Love that thick cardstock for a card base – and now we have Very Vanilla for that, too! More about that in a future post.

     Meanwhile, you might well be interested in some of these products. So here's a list. Click on any of the pictures and you'll be taken directly to my very own Stampin' Up! Online Store where you can learn more about the products as well as buy them when you're ready! One thing that you'll notice is that the Lemon Zest Stamp Set can be bundled with the Lemon Builder Punch with a 10% discount for buying them together in a bundle. Definitely a deal!

 


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Posted on : Jun 13 2017
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An Early Birthday Card for My Husband!

Aloha, all!

     At the end of next week, my husband will celebrate his 75th birthday. That's a big one as far as I'm concerned. Actually, at our age, every birthday is a big one! But from now on, any that ends in a 5 or a 0 will get extra special treatment. Extra special in the case of Harry's birthday card is one that's made with the popular Pop Up Twist design. (OK – everyone I know calls is the "Twist Pop Up" card. But I just like the way it rolls off my tongue when I say, "Pop Up Twist."

     This is also the day that the Stampin' Up! Only Challenge group starts its next challenge, which is to make a Masculine style card. No frou-frou or flowers this time! But that doesn't mean that it can't be a really nice card, and I think that this one is!

     As with most of my recent cards, I made today's project using a retiring set of Designer Series Paper. Yep, just one retiring product – the Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper. And wouldn't you know that it's already beyond retired – it's gone! Don't forget – even though it might still be on a page in your catalog, if it's retiring, it could run out soon! So don't hesitate to order something you might really like! Order at my Stampin' Up! Online Store!

     To decorate the front of the card, I used the Balloon Celebration Stamp Set to stamp the "strings" and three solid balloon in the background. Then I punched balloons from the Designer Series Paper using the Balloon Bouquet Punch. I adhered two of them using SNAIL adhesive and two using Stampin' Dimensionals to pop them up a bit.

     For the inside of the card, after I'd adhered two sheets of paper to the top and bottom, I stamped the "Look Who's Turning" and "Happy Birthday" using stamps from the Number of Years Stamp Set. For the Pop Up section, I stamped two more balloons – this time just the outlines – on the two center sections. Then I die cut the 7 and 5 using the Designer Series Paper and the Large Number Framelits die set. I cut the two hearts using the heart shape in the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits set. That's all I put on this as you really need to keep the layers in the folded section a bit on the flat side so that the card will close cleanly.

     I debated adding some embellishments onto the front of the card. But my final decision was not to as I think this card has enough interest with its Pop Up feature. And those balloons on the front are in three different layers, and that seems to add a bit of interest.

     I hope that you like this idea for a masculine card and will try either this or some other design to enter into the Stampin' Up! Only Challenge this time. It runs through June 3rd, and that's actually my husband's birthday. We're going on a short vacation to celebrate, and I know he'll love this card. If you'd like to try out this Pop Up Twist technique, I highly recommend the Split Coast Stampers website. The video there was definitely helpful!

     Here are the products I used for this project. All of these products are in the current Stampin' Up! Catalogs AND will be in the upcoming 2017-2018 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog!

    


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Posted on : May 22 2017
Posted under Challenges, Family and Garden, Punches, Sizzix, Stamping, SUO Challenges |

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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Avant Garden – Maybe the Best Sale-a-Bration Set!

Aloha, all!

     I have been having so much fun using the Avant Garden Stamp Set from this year's Stampin' Up! Sale-a-bration Catalog. I haven't shared it much here because most of what I've done is just stamp its images on flat, blank cards, which isn't really exciting blog post-wise. But this week, I decided I had to share it because I thought it would be a great stamp set with which to make some Thank You notes I'm sending out to customers.

     This is still not all that exciting as greeting card layouts go. BUT it also includes something else that's going to be coming to an end before too very long. It's probably very likely that most, if not all, of the 2015-2017 Stampin' Up! In Colors will be retiring come May 31st. So I'm working hard to use up as much of my retiring inks, papers, and embellishments as I can.

     For this card, I stamped the flower and the sentiment using Watermelon Wonder Stamp Pad, as well as Mint Macaron for the stem and leaves. Sob! Both colors won't be in the In Color section of my craft room any more. One can only hope that both of these great colors will remain in the next Stampin' Up! catalog, perhaps replacing some colors that I hardly ever use. (Yes, I have non-favorites in my Stampin' Up! collection. But that's just a personal preference, so I shall not discuss them here.)

     Then there's the great Designer Series Paper Stacks that are available in all of the colors in the Stampin' Up! Catalog. I used one sheet of the Watermelon Wonder color from the 2015-2017 Subtles Designer Series Paper Stack, with the top half of the card being the print on one side of the sheet and the bottom on the other. I saw another color used this way on Pinterest a while back, and figured it would be fun for this fairly simple card.

     The sentiment is from the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set. I punched it using the Classic Label Punch. Now, those of you who are familiar with this punch may know it's a lot larger than this photo shows. What I did was to cut the teeny tiny "Thank You" then punch the words so they were over to one side of the punched shape. Then I picked up the punched shape using a sticky note, reinserted it into the punch, and punched just on the other side of the "Thank You," shortening the shape! Much nicer that that small sentiment in the middle of a really long punched shape!

     The ribbon is an embellishment from the 2016-2017 Stampin' Up! catalog – Mint Macaron 3/8" Sheer Linen Ribbon. The good news is that I've almost used up my latest spool of that ribbon. Oh, and that would be the bad news, too. It's probably too late in the year to be stocking up on much that might retire. But that's just for me because I'm a demonstrator, and I try to use at least 99% current Stampin' Up! products in my blog and Facebook posts, as well as in my newsletter. For you, if you like any of these products, now is probably the time to think about finally buying them before they go away! Just sayin'

     Speaking of which, here are the products I featured in today's project. As always, you can click on the pictures of the products and get whisked away to my very own Stampin' Up! store!

 

 


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Posted on : Mar 15 2017
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A New Sale-a-Bration Stamp Set!

Aloha, all!

     Have you had a chance to look at the newest Sale-a-bration offers from Stampin' Up!? I know I've shown off the fun new Glimmer Paper. But today I want to share one of the new Stamp Sets being offered FOR FREE with a $50 Stampin' Up! Order – Make a Medallion.

     Everything stamped in the middle, Whisper White, circle (not the Happy Birthday banner) is stamped with the Make a Medallion set. What you see there in that circle are three separate stamps. For this card, I chose to stamp both large circles using Emerald Envy Ink, and the smaller half circle (stamped twice) using Peekaboo Peach Ink. I am definitely going to try THREE different colors before too long. For now, this is one of the projects that I'll be sharing with my downline group for our Monday get together this coming week.

     To make the entire project, I used a piece of paper from the Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper set as the background design. I used Stampin' Dimensionals to adhere the layers of circles I die-cut using the Layering Circles Framelits. After I adhered all of this to a layer of Emerald Envy Cardstock, I tied on some ribbon and a bow using the Emerald Envy 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon. Then I adhered everything onto a card base made of Peekaboo Peach Cardstock. Finally, I added a banner out of Whisper White Cardstock, stamped with a greeting using the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set, using Emerald Envy Ink, and punched using the Classic Label Punch. The final touch was to add some 2016-2018 Enamel Shapes – Peekaboo Peach – to the banner.

     What fun I've already had with this FREE STAMP SET!. I have another project for tomorrow's blog post. But I think I'll try some other colors before the week gets too old and show them off, too! Remember, all you have to do is to order $50 worth of Stampin' Up! products (and, yes, you can order from the clearance rack OR add to your Paper Pumpkin Subscription!). If you just ordereed the Designer Series Paper, the Layering Circles Framelits and the Emerald Envy Ribbon, you'd have enough to get the stamp set FOR FREE! It has several sentiments in it, and you'd not have to buy anything else for a great card!

     Here are the products I featured in today's project. Just click on any of the pictures to go to my Stampin' Up! store to find out more about any of them – and to order them all!

 


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Posted on : Mar 04 2017
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A Fun Box for Gifts and Such!

Aloha, all!

     Earlier this week I was involved in making a project for a group to which I belong. The idea was to take a project for which there was a tutorial with a sample made from retired Stampin' Up! products and remake it with current products. As I do with most projects that I make in my Craft Room, I had a lot of fun with it!

     This is a box made with a sheet of 12" square cardstock, the kind that Stampin' Up! (as well as other paper companies) sells. The way it's folded, each of the sides is a 4" square, and is easily decorated in many different ways. I chose to make this a birthday box, and decorated the sides with die-cut designs using the Stampin' Up! Ballon Pop-up Thinlits Dies. Instead of making a pop-up card, I just cut enough cardstock to give me the three-balloon shape at the center of the die.

     For the entire project, I used paper from the Party Animal Designer Series Paper set. In fact, I used just one design from that set. I covered the squares on each of the four sides with one side of a sheet of paper and covered the indented corners using the other side of the same sheet which is a design with the color, Pacific Point. Then I die cut two of the balloon designs from the Thinlits Set using the Pacific Point paper and punched a third, solid, balloon using the Balloon Bouquet Punch.

     After I folded the box, I tied the top inside corners together using the 1/8" Whisper White Ribbon from the Sending Love Ribbon Combo Pack. Love that ribbon! Here's a copy of the project looking down at it:

     This is really a simple project to make – just score the cardstock at 4" and 8" both vertically and horizontally, and score in from each of the four corners to the place where the vertical and horizontal score lines cross. Fold the vertical and horizontal lines as a valley fold and the diagonal lines as a mountain fold. Here's a sketch showing this.

     Here are the products I used for this project. Just click on any of them to go to my Stampin' Up! store to learn more about them and to order online, any time, 24/7!

 

 


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Posted on : Feb 23 2017
Posted under 3D Projects, Punches, Sizzix |

Happy Birthday, Margrit!

Aloha, all!

My husband's Aunt Margrit had a birthday this past Friday – the same day as my birthday! So it's always easy for me to remember to make and send a birthday card to her in plenty of time for it to arrive on her big day. And, of course, I always try to make the card I send her just a little bit over-the-top.

     What I wanted for this card was something elegant. As I went through my stash of Designer Series Papers, I found this sheet from the Affectionately Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper set. The "specialty" in the name of that paper set indicates that there's something in the set that's, well, special! In this case, there are two sheets in the set that have designs with Copper Foil on them. Each sheet is single-sided, but the sides with the copper foil are priceless.

     Once I chose the paper, the rest of the card just fell into place. Oooooh, lace! For that I reached for the Sale-a-bration Stamp Set, Delicate Details. Of course I had to emboss it using Copper Embossing Powder. Then, to separate the Designer Series Paper from the lace just a teensy bit, I added a strip from a Copper Foil Sheet between the two (the Copper Foil Sheets were in the Stampin' Up! 2016 Holiday Catalog, and they've carried over into the spring and are still available!). That created my main background layer for the birthday greeting.

     I always think of ovals as being just a tad more elegant that circles or squares. So out came the Layering Ovals Framelits, and layer I did! The bottom layer is Very Vanilla Cardstock. Onto that I added a layer made from the Copper Foil Sheets. Then I die-cut the flower into the copy Very Vanilla Layer, and added the stamped Happy Birthday greeting from the Rose Wonder Stamp Set. It seemed to have just the right font for this card. My last step was to add a heart that I punched using the Owl Builder Punch. I haven't used that punch much for the owl figure. But I sure have used it for all the little circles and the heart it includes!

     Before I adhered the oval layers to the card, I added some of the Copper Metallic Thread to the card base. But with all that copper all over the place, even I can't see it any more in a photo. It's obvious in real life, but not here for sure!

     As you can imagine, I had a lot of fun making this card. I may just have to do something else with these products that I could frame and hang on my wall – when I have some free time. Hmmm, when might that be? Don't know.

     Here are the products I used for this project. You can click on any of the product photos and go directly to my Stampin' Up! store – not only to find out more about the proiduct, but also to order directly from me! When you make something using products you purchased from me, send me a photo and I'll post it, either here or on my Robin's Craft Room Facebook page!

 


Posted on : Feb 19 2017
Posted under Family and Garden, Punches, Sizzix, Stamping |

Valentine With a Sneak Peek!

Aloha, all!

     Yes, I'm getting to the end of my Valentine card-making efforts for 2017! I got all the cards I wanted to send to the US East Coast out in Thursday's mail, and all the US West Coast cards out in the mail Yesterday. Today is the day for mailing one or two to friends and customers in Hawaii, and Monday I'll be making a last few to hand to friends that I'll see in person by Tuesday.

     For today, I thought I'd share one that I made with one of the newest Sale-a-bration FREE PRODUCTS that will be available on the 21st of this month, through the end of the Sale-a-bration catalog period at the end of March. I was fortunate to be able to get my hands on this luscious Glimmer Paper early, but that extended only to be able to buy one pack of the paper. So I'm not being so generous that I'm using the paper as a whole layer on my card (I want to have some for some birthday cards this week!). But I think you can see how beautiful it is with just the little bit I have on the front of the card.

     I loooooove this paper! The set comes with glimmer paper in three colors: Sweet Sugarplum (as in this card); Bermuda Bay (I'll share one later this week, but if you get my newsletter you've already seen it); and Mint Macaron. I just about swoon every time I get to do something with Mint Macaron color in any variation. But it doesn't seem to cry out, "Valentine," as much as the Sweet Sugarplum. So Sugarplum it is for this card!

     There are still a couple of weeks until the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits are available for purchase again. But they will be – and maybe you already have a set? If so, let me tell you that these two products are just made to go together. I had absolutely no trouble cutting the Glimmer Paper with these thinlits (well, there was the time I accidentally tried to cut two pieces at the same time with the same Thinlit – that did not work!).

     While I kind of liked the simplicity of the card front with just the heart and word on it, I decided that I really did want to add something into all that empty space. Looking around me at my stashes of various products, I spied the Confetti Hearts Border Punch. Yes, it's supposed to be a border. But I wanted the hearts that came out of the punch after the border got punched. And there they are!

     Truth be told, I really did want that Sweet Sugarplum mat behind the main layer to be the Glimmer Paper, too. But I'm just stingy enough that I want to save it just as my initial inclination in designing this card led me to think in the beginning. So I'll wait until I can order some more later in the month!

     Meanwhile, here are the products I used in this project. I'll post here on my blog when the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits are back in stock and orderable, and I'll surely be showing off more of this glimmer paper and definitely letting you know when YOU can order it!

 


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Posted on : Feb 11 2017
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Another Card With Balloon Adventures!

Aloha, all!

     I just could not put that Balloon Adventures Bundle away after I used it for Monday's project. I had found it SOOO easy to use to make that fun card that I decided I'd use it in my card-making class this week. When I showed my crafters the card, especially when I opened it up, I could almost see dismay in their faces. Wow, what's it going to take to make THIS card! When I told them it would be so simple, they did not believe me. When we were finished, they were all believers!

     I really have nothing to add in the way of hints on making this card. I'm pretty sure I covered everything in Monday's post. What I found to be a lot of fun with this card was the Party Animal Designer Series Paper that I chose for the class project. I chose the Emerald Envy Cardstock, Ink, and 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon as my base color for the card as a whole. That had to do mostly with the availability of that lovely Taffeta Ribbon that's on the same page in the Stampin' Up! 2017 Occasions Catalog as the whole Party Animal Suite of products. It really accents the cover of the card nicely.

     This time, both I and those in my class remembered not to fold the center Whisper White cardstock until after we stamped the banner and sentiment at the bottom of the center section. So it came out a lot better than when I tried to do it after everything had been folded and creased. If you want to stamp an image on the center balloon, you should do that before folding/creasing, too.

     So now off to get the last of my Valentine Cards done! I have to get mine in the mail no later than Thursday morning if they're going to get anywhere but Hawaii by the 14th!

     Here are the products featured for today's project.


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Posted on : Feb 08 2017
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